For about $250, you can assess your risk (compared to that of the overall population) for diseases like Alzheimer's and diabetes, and check whether a specific drug will harm your body. For an extra $100, you can also trace your lineage back an incredible 10,000 years (or so they say).
Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing has been offered for some time now, though not at this low of a price. When 23andMe came out with their service in 2006, it cost $999 (later slashed to $399). Another service, deCODEme, currently carries a $985 price tag.
Its affordability aside, Pathway Genomics' DNA test is also fabulously easy: it's a simple matter of collecting your saliva in a test tube and mailing it to their San Diego lab. The on-site geneticists then take about eight weeks to complete your full analysis, though, according to the website, they'll send you periodic updates in the interim.
Let's hope these don't sound like macabre fortune cookie notes: "You will develop Parkinson's, lung cancer, glaucoma, and leukemia. Also, obesity."
[Via Yahoo News]
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Hey Zairel, maybe you can get a dna test to see what kind of meat is in that spam.
I'm not sure they're the first - there's a company called GeneSNP that can do this already, and they'll even recommend a supplement regimen for you based on their findings. (I would post a link, but I don't want to get accused of spamming. ;-) )
What an ethical nightmare!!! We just debated this kind of testing in our Genetics course. Holy Cow--wait till the health insurance companies get a hold of our data. We will be denied healthcare based on our our propensity for disease. Don't forget Epigentic Tagging that alters our DNA profile everyday--These tests cannot factor in environmental methylation tagging that changes our DNA and it becomes heritable. Be careful what you ask for--Big Brother times 100!!!