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      CommentAuthorTF
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2009
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    23andMe is a service that gives you a tube to spit into. Link

    You post them that spit filled tube and they give you a breakdown of your genome - what diseases you might develop, what you might pass onto your kids - they can even tell you if you might get hooked on heroin if you were to give it a try.

    I'm thinking of doing it because I'm plain curious (everyone would love to take a peek at their future right?) - but also my health's a bit up and down and it'd be handy to know what I might be able to stave off.

    Has anyone here done it? Was it worth your money? ($429)

    Anyone aware of it's credibility being torn to pieces? Anyone scared of what happens when employers and insurance agents make this a mandatory requirement?
    • CommentAuthorgzapata
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2009
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    there are laws against employers and insurance agencies using that data
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      CommentAuthorTF
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2009
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    there are laws against employers and insurance agencies using that data


    Good to know.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2009
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    I don't know...this seems like a science version of a star chart, where you pay someone to read the stars and it tells your possible future....eh.
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    Quick search of ScienceBlogs doesn't return anything indicating that 23andMe is bull, quite the contrary, even.
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    Gattaca, anyone?
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      CommentAuthorDavies0010
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2009
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    I remember coming across a similar company not long ago where, again, you give them a cheek swab, and they make an artpiece of your genome. Small, or wall-sized, depending on your tastes. They're even kind enough to throw in some genetic diagnosis while you're at it.
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    I'd rather have the art piece than knowledge of a litany of genetic heirlooms I'd be passing down to my kids, that sounds like selling snakeoil to me.
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      CommentAuthordok101
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2009
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    I had my mtDNA and Y-DNA tested with GeneTree. Thanks to the relatively greater affordability of full genome sequencing (FGS), I recently decided to have my FGS mtDNA tested with FamilyTree DNA. It will be a few months 'til I receive the results. Ah! Hate the wait.

    If they make further strides in their capabilities regarding the number, significance, and accuracy of disease predicting based upon the FGS, I would likely entertain the idea.