My personal Human Genome Project

  • rebelbeard

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    Apr 16, 2011 6:26 PM GMT
    I recently ordered a DNA test kit from 23andme.com. I just got the package today, gave them my sample, and am sending the kit out on Monday. I am really excited to see what they can discover about my lineage! It's been something I have been very curious about but due to the ethnic cleansing of Albanians in Kosovo in the 90's many records of my family were destroyed. Maybe DNA will give me a better idea of where I come from. It also is great for health purposed to know what I could be prone to.

    Any one else ever had their DNA tested? What were your results?

    Thanks,

    Val
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    Apr 16, 2011 11:31 PM GMT
    oooh that sounds interesting! i think that'll be fun, i should do that
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    Apr 16, 2011 11:37 PM GMT
    my mom did that cuz she was adopted and she is most likely dutch and russian
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    Apr 16, 2011 11:39 PM GMT
    I found out that yes, indeed my sister is who she claims to be.icon_lol.gif

    Seriously though, all those genetic markers aren't very applicable to non-Caucasians (since most studies are done with them). So I don't know if my risk for diabetes is really low, besides being slim to start with.
  • rebelbeard

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    Apr 16, 2011 11:52 PM GMT
    Supermann saidmy mom did that cuz she was adopted and she is most likely dutch and russian


    Did your mom find any possible blood relatives too? I think this is a great idea to do it if you are adopted. That could give you an idea of where you came from. I have a couple friends who are adopted and want to try it too.

    Im so excited! I am also a little nervous to discover things about my lineage and about my self.
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    Apr 17, 2011 12:00 AM GMT
    I first had my DNA tested by 23andme. Unfortunately, their database had an error (now corrected) that had my paternal ancestry as Pashtun (G2c1), so I then had my DNA tested at http://www.familytreedna.com/ to verify that I am in fact G2c*, making my biological father an Ashkenazi Jew. If ancestry is your focus, FTDNA is a much better service than 23andme.
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    Apr 17, 2011 1:34 AM GMT
    I didn't think about it before, but this sounds fun and interesting. What's the cost?
  • rebelbeard

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    Apr 17, 2011 1:40 AM GMT
    Hey Paradox thank you for the insight and suggest! I think I might give that second a shot too after I get my results from 23andme.

    23andme is giving you the kit for free if you subscribe to the 9 bucks a month plan for a year. The second site listed was 289.00 for the kit.
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    Apr 17, 2011 1:41 AM GMT
    Are you concerned that Google now posses your genome? icon_twisted.gif
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    Apr 17, 2011 1:45 AM GMT
    MsclDrew saidAre you concerned that Google now posses your genome? icon_twisted.gif


    I'm concerned about Google period. They have far more data on people than people realize. The company may be more secure than others (ie Facebook), but that does not mean they can't have future disgruntled employees or hackers who steal data and abuse it.

    Personal data is streaming across networks all over the place. It does concern me a lot.
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    Apr 17, 2011 1:51 AM GMT
    marcobruno1978 saidI didn't think about it before, but this sounds fun and interesting. What's the cost?


    You'll have to check out the websites for current costs. I did my test with 23andme not long after they cut their price to something like half of what it had been... around $400, IIRC. FTDNA offers a range of different tests; I did the most comprehensive they offer, and it was a little over $800.
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    Apr 17, 2011 1:55 AM GMT
    23andme was one of Google's first venture capitalist investments...the founder of the company is married to one of Google's founders.


    I wouldn't be surprised if ads tailored to your DNA start appearing in your Gmail they've isolated genes for reckless behavior, poor impulse control, substance dependence etc They'll know which products and services you're a 'genetic' target market for icon_twisted.gif
  • trl_

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    Apr 17, 2011 2:05 AM GMT
    ive always considered this one:
    http://dna.ancestry.com/welcome.aspx
  • rebelbeard

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    Apr 17, 2011 2:09 AM GMT
    MsclDrew said23andme was one of Google's first venture capitalist investments...the founder of the company is married to one of Google's founders.


    I wouldn't be surprised if ads tailored to your DNA start appearing in your Gmail they've isolated genes for reckless behavior, poor impulse control, substance dependence etc They'll know which products and services you're a 'genetic' target market for icon_twisted.gif


    Thats all I need! Ads about O.C.P.D! How funny that you said poor impulse control and reckless behavior. I have been known to do both. And now Google will too lol! Dukes!
  • metta

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    Jun 28, 2015 6:01 AM GMT
    I was just looking into this again and found this old article...


    23andMe Is Terrifying, but Not for the Reasons the FDA Thinks

    The genetic-testing company's real goal is to hoard your personal data



    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/23andme-is-terrifying-but-not-for-reasons-fda/


    To be honest, I have found the quality of Google products, such as their search engine and their browser, seem to get worse and worse. Their search engine seems to focus more on advertising than on getting quality results. And their browser, for me anyways, crashes a lot, sometimes gets stuck, etc. At one time, they would pay people to try and crash it.
  • metta

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    Jun 28, 2015 6:07 AM GMT
    With $60 Million Genentech Deal, 23andMe Has A Business Plan

    "Such deals, which make use of the database created by customers who have bought 23andMe’s DNA test kits and donated their genetic and health data for research, could be a far more significant opportunity than 23andMe’s primary business of selling the DNA kits to consumers."


    http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewherper/2015/01/06/surprise-with-60-million-genentech-deal-23andme-has-a-business-plan/
  • metta

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    Jun 28, 2015 6:22 AM GMT
    23andMe Genotypes One Millionth Customer

    http://www.healthnewsdigest.com/news/National_30/23andMe-Genotypes-One-Millionth-Customer.shtml