23andMe Seeks Exemption from California Rules

23andme, the genetic testing company in Mountain View, California, has drafted a bill introduced into the California State Senate that would exempt it and similar companies from certain regulations and oversight.  The bill comes after 23andMe was told last year that it needed to stop testing California residents because it wasn’t complying with state laws that govern gene testing labs.

The new bill would allow gene testing companies to operate without a state license. It is generating criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union and others who want to see more regulation of this booming business, which federal and state officials are still sorting out how to manage it.