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[cancer] Meanwhile, back at the gene ranch - Lakeshore
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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-02-19 04:52
Subject: [cancer] Meanwhile, back at the gene ranch
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Tags:cancer, health, healthcare, photos, science
From the department of free range expression comes news that I've signed up with 23andme.com. This is a genetic testing service which provides you with some health and ancestry information (including the always-popular Neanderthal percentage!), for a mere $99. In my case, I'm getting the service for free, because I fall into a class of cancer patients that 23andMe and Genentech are interested in studying. They're trading me the assay for access to my data.

Why am I doing this? Well, in a fairly obvious sense this is redundant to the much more thorough genomic testing effort currently underway to analyze my tumor tissue. That testing effort will provide a baseline of healthy genome, which is a substantial superset of what 23andme will be measuring. But 23andMe will give me some analysis that the medical sequencing won't. For example, the ancestry mapping. This is fun and interesting, and, hey, it's free. I don't get a lot of benefits from having cancer, I may as well enjoy this one.

At any rate, the spit sample kit arrived yesterday.



Sometime in the next day or two I'll find the time to actually do the deed, then get it back in the mail. This is a fun, low-pressure bit of genomics for me, and hey, it's also for SCIENCE! I'll let you know what they tell me.

In the mean time, for a mere $99 (or a horrible case of late stage cancer), why not try it for yourself?

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Julie, JulieInTheGreen, "Squire!": ThinkyThoughts
User: brickhousewench
Date: 2013-02-19 13:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hmmm, now I'm going to have to ask my dad if that's the same company he did his genetic testing with. Our family has a famous ancestor (he's listed as a qualifying ancestor for the Jamestown society) who got into debt in Virginia and did a bunk to somewhere in Georgia to avoid his debtors. Famous Ancestor apparently did a pretty thorough job of leaving his old life behind, as dad hasn't been able to make a definitive connection between our family and the one in VA. But several years ago dad did some genetic testing that proved that our branch of the family name is related to this famous ancestor, even though there is no paper trail.
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User: keikaimalu
Date: 2013-02-19 15:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I did 23 And Me -- great fun. Trying to get my husband to do it too.
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Rick Moen
User: rinolj
Date: 2013-02-20 02:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I really like 23andMe, and consider it a heck of a deal for US $99, FWIW. Sometimes the results are a bit droll, like the intelligence from the new 'Ancestry Composition' feature about my being 67.2% Nonspecific Northern European (hearing which I went home to celebrate my quaint Nonspecific Northern European folkways).

One of the gene tests revealed that I might be at elevated risk for prostate cancer....
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