Has anyone used any of the DNA report kits? There's some that give family info and some that give potential diseases, etc. I'm looking for the most comprehensive kit. Which would you guys recommend?
23andMe. Worth it!
Everyone's been saying good stuff. I'm definitely going for it.
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I did the ancestry one. It was fun. The stupid FDA doesn't let us know about what our genes say, however. Another over reach by government into my personal rights.
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I did 23andMe although I got to do it for free as part of a disease research study. I find the results super interesting!
My uncle is doing the one from ancestry.com for my grandparents right now
I think my dad used them years ago.
I've done 23andme back before the FDA said they couldn't give out health results. As they get approval for their test, they will release more and more information to you, but you can't get comprehensive DNA test results currently.
My son had his DNA test done by them after the FDA thing, and it's mostly just ancestral results. You can always search your DNA for a gene though.
Also, the price has gone up to $199 (unless you find a deal in which case it drops to $149). You might be able to find a study being done that will net you a free test in exchange for participation.
That sucks, I didn't know they changed it. I mostly wanted to learn future disease stuff.
They've started releasing the disease reports! I have about 50-80 reports available to look at, I believe.
They did? Awesome! Was it pretty comprehensive?
Well I'm sure there are plenty of reports that still haven't been released yet, but you'll get access to those once they do.
Thanks Kim! That'll be really interesting.
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Have you tried it? Were you happy with the reports?
Yes. My brother, my wife, and I all did the full screen. We've enjoyed it, but you have to take the health results with a grain of salt (they do a good job explaining why).
Another friend of ours did it too. Her claim that she was part Native American got blown out of the water. 😆
Lol I'd be crushed if I found out I wasn't really Italian after all. Were the health reports pretty thorough?
They report on SNPs, small nucleotide polymorphisms. Simple point mutations in genes that may correlate with traits and disorders.
An example, my moms side of the family have all known about issues with wet-AMD with age. Both I and my brother have the gene variant. He's going through some eye issues right now.
Some links between SNPs and disease are stronger than others. So,e are pretty reliable. Others, not so much. They give you percentages.
Right on man, thanks. You guys all made this a lot easier.
I've also been "introduced" to 2nd and 3rd cousins living in areas where we know we have a family history.
Also, it lets you know how much Neanderthal DNA you have (I kid you not).
I've heard and read the most positive about www.familytreedna.com/. But it really depends on why you want the information.
Honestly just curiosity. I'd like to learn about both, heritage and potential diseases.
Are they OTC? Price?
23andMe and Ancestry are the most popular, and they're $199/$99, respectively.
Online. There's 23andme.com for $100 and ancestry.com (I think) is $200 but I'm sure there's others. They send you a kit where you swab the inside of your cheek and mail it back. Then they send you a report with info like heritage and potential diseases.
Beat me to it Mr. L 😜
Do you know anyone that's used these?
Ask RJ (see his comment above) about it, and what the differences might be.
23andMe, at least, is a "spit" test (saliva), currently, not a cheek swab.
I just read a personal story about it on Facebook this morning, that outlined what was involved, and what kinds of things they *do* and *don't* send you in the results. It doesn't, for example, give results regarding *all* possible known disease-causing (or risk increasing) mutations, although it does give some of them. I haven't been able to relocate that piece, but I'll give it another try.
If you stumble upon it again let me know. It would be great to see if it's worth it or not.
I'll look some more.
I had the opportunity, some years ago, to be one of the first of a smallish number of people to have their whole genome sequenced, and the sequence put online for the use of approved researchers. It was supposed to be a non-public site but a couple of photographs and other potentially identifying information were involved (not names, though), and for the sake of my *family's* privacy I decided not to do it, in case of data breaches. Well, that reason, and the $1000 fee - sequencing was still very expensive and that was to offset it. There were "scholarships" available, though.
I regret not having done it (I'm always up for participating in research studies, in non-invasive ways), in spite of the privacy issue.
That's funny, my mom said almost the same thing "they'll know all about you!" I'm going to give a shot anyway though (dont tell her) :)
Some people have even more of those concerns today, because it's expanded beyond a limited number of researchers into commercial businesses. I honestly don't know how much data is shared (if I remember right, the piece I saw this morning talked about an *option* to share with researcher, implying they don't do it automatically), or how good the integrity of the data or any related web sites are.
Right, I can get why some people would want to protect their info. I probably wouldn't let researchers look into mine but if the data was breached I guess I'm not overly worried, personally.