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]
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.