Genome Web: Oncology community sees potential for patient harm in FDA ok of 23andMe BRCA test
Rating: 5.0 Stars
- Headline matches article and has an accurate lede. The article is well-balanced and discusses disagreements in the field.
- The article is well sourced and uses multiple outside sources.
- It is clearly written and portrays the novelty appropriately.
- Reporting is factually correct and uses appropriate scientific terminology.
- Performed a critical evaluation of the topic.
- Statistics are accurately conveyed.
Genome Web: FDA authorizes 23andme DTC test report for three BRCA mutations
Rating: 3.5 Stars
- Headline matches the content of the FDA statement. Lede is not exaggerated. The article is well-balanced.
- There is no outside sourcing. Sources cited are part of the FDA press release.
- The writing is clear and the novelty of the research is portrayed accurately.
- The reporting is factually correct. Although, like the FDA statement, the article states that there are well over 1,000 mutations, rather than 5,400+ (although technically accurate, this number is grossly underestimated).
- Statement was not critically evaluated.
- Terminology is correctly used and statistics are accurately portrayed.
CNN Money: 23andMe gets FDA approval for at-home breast cancer risk test
Rating: 2.5 Stars
- Headline matches content although “at-home” is misleading (testing is done at 23andMe lab). The lede is accurate. The article portrays some aspects of controversy surrounding this topic. Little actual information is conveyed.
- The only sources are from 23andme. The writing is easy to read and the novelty of the testing is clear.
- The article lacks critical evaluation of the research and provides little factual information. What is presented is accurate. The terminology used is sparse but accurate. Statistics included are accurate.
TIME: FDA approves DNA test to spot cancer genes — but with warnings
Rating: 1.0 Stars
- Headline is slightly misleading. Only BRCA genes are tested. Lede is accurate. The controversy in this area is not well described.
- No sourcing is presented. The article is easy to read and portrays the novelty of the test.
- Reporting has some factual error, incorrectly stating that most cancers are not caused by genetic mutations. All cancers are associated with genetic mutations, though only a fraction are due to inherited genetic mutations.
- The article states these mutations are the most common in the general population which is inaccurate. The mutations tested are most common in the Ashkenazi Jewish population.
- There is no critical evaluation of the topic.