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Personal genomics (23andme etc.)

12 May 2017 - 11:52 AM

My English is very bad at the moment, so I'll be copying the Wikipedia articles on this very interesting topic.


Personal genomics is the branch of genomics concerned with the sequencinganalysis and interpretation of the genome of an individual. The genotyping stage employs different techniques, including single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis chips (typically 0.02% of the genome), or partial or full genome sequencing. Once the genotypes are known, the individual's variations can be compared with the published literature to determine likelihood of trait expression, ancestry inference and disease risk.


23andMe is a privately held personal genomics and biotechnology company based in Mountain View, California. The company is named for the 23 pairs of chromosomes in a normal human cell.[1] Its saliva-based direct-to-consumer genetic testing business was named Invention of the Year by Time magazine in 2008.[2]



In 2013 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered 23andMe to discontinue marketing its personal genome service (PGS), as the company had not obtained the legally required regulatory approval. That resulted in concerns about the potential consequences of customers receiving inaccurate health results.[3] The company continued to sell a personal genome test without health-related results in the United States until October 21, 2015, when it announced that it would be including a revised health component with FDA approval.[4][5] 23andMe has been selling a product with both ancestry and health-related components in Canada since October 2014,[6][7][8] and in the United Kingdom since December 2014.[9]



The test costs 149$ atm. I'm honestly thinking about buying it because I'm generally interested in how bodies work and all the processes and how our genes influence said processes. Even more so my own body. Plus I'd be kiiind of interested in having a rough idea about where my ancestors came from. I wonder if I'm truly 100% white bread European. Luckily/sadly in my country I'd only get the raw data and no prognosis about health risks and all that jazz. But there are websites where you can upload your raw genome data and it interpretates it for you. Of course there is the risk of data saving and all that...


Sooo, my questions to you:


Have you heard of this?

Would you get your genome sequenced, analyzed etc.?

Would you check for possible future diseases?