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So has anyone here tried out this genetic testing service? What was it it like? Did it change how you saw yourself? How you live? What you do? Let us know.


23andMe First TV Commercial

The more you know about your DNA, the more you know about yourself.

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One step closer to potentially restoring another extinct species.


Genome of Horse Buried 700,000 Years Is Recovered

Researchers have reconstructed an ancient genome that is 10 times as old as any retrieved so far, and now say that DNA should be recoverable from animals that lived one million years ago. This would greatly extend biologists’ ability to understand the evolutionary past.”


The $1,000 genome, long just a pipe dream, is now a reality. But it may not revolutionize medicine the way we were hoping.

A $1,000 genome sequence is close to being available. What will your sequence tell you about your actual risk for certain diseases?

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Whole Genome Sequencing gets Practical - A little over ten years ago, the human genome project sequenced the human DNA code for the first time. Now this  achievement is showing some off-shoots in practical applications. Modern medicine has an impressive array of tools available when it comes to treating diseases; however when it comes to diagnosis the problem in the first place, the picture looks a lot more humble. Many diseases share identical symptoms, some cause  different symptoms in different people, and others show no symptoms at all until it’s too late to prevent serious damage.

Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) can change that. Instead of a doctor poking and prodding you from the outside, a sample of your DNA can be read to pinpoint problems with much higher accuracy. Slate has a great article on where WGS is in fulfilling that promise:

A number of patients have already reaped dramatic benefits from WGS. A 6-year-old Wisconsin boy received a life-saving umbilical-cord-blood transplant after WGS showed that a unique DNA mutation was responsible for his mysterious bowel disease. A pair of 14-year-old San Diego twins suffering from a debilitating movement disorder were successfully treated after WGS revealed they had a rare mutation that could be corrected by a simple amino acid supplement.