In 2008, Time magazine called 23andme the invention of the year!
Call me a skeptic. I would have been that prior to the results I received in the mail from 23andme. You see several weeks prior to my results, I received this ambiguous kit in the mail where I had to submit a copious amount of saliva in a cup provided and return back to 23andme. Needless to say, I was ready for my results.
Not only do you obtain insight into your own ancestral history but also medical history. Given the recent decision by many women to have a mastectomy after finding out they are testing positive for one of the breast cancer genes, I wanted to see if I had any increased risks compared to others.
The information received was and is (still combing through all the material) overwhelming. I found out there is a particular enzyme I am deficient in that could pose a problem with a certain class of medications. I am a fast metabolizer of caffeine!
An example of some of the medical conditions seen (compared risk to average):
|Name||Confidence||Your Risk||Avg. Risk||Compared to Average|
|Coronary Heart Disease||29.3%||24.4%||1.20x|
|Age-related Macular Degeneration||22.2%||7.0%||3.16x|
|Restless Legs Syndrome||5.2%||4.2%||1.24x|
|Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)||0.31%||0.25%||1.26x|
|Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma (ESCC)||0.09%||0.07%||1.21x|
|Stomach Cancer (Gastric Cardia Adenocarcinoma)||0.08%||0.07%||1.22x|
|Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm||
|Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis)||
|High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)||
|Primary Biliary Cirrhosis: Preliminary Research||
|Progressive Supranuclear Palsy||
|Restless Legs Syndrome: Preliminary Research||
|Stomach Cancer: Preliminary Research||
|Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate||
Very insightful! And there are many more diseases covered.
You can also connect with others who share DNA and are possible relatives. So far I see that I am matched with several 3rd-5th cousins.
There are a few videos you can investigate to obtain more information about this valuable service:
- Muhammad Ali & 23andMe Parkinson's research video
- 23andMe inspirational stories by customers
- Khan Academy & 23andMe - Where do genes come from?
- Khan Academy & 23andMe - What are genes?
23andMe provides over 240 health reports
With over a quarter million members, 23andMe is the largest DNA-based ancestry service worldwide.
When 23andMe was founded, the price of the personal genetic service was $1,000 and over time they have been able to reduce it to $99, making it a widely available information tool
I cannot wait to see where these results take me. I have already been in touch with some potential relatives. I will update as to what knowledge is gained.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.