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A View from Erika Jonietz

One Day Only: A $99 Genetic Test

In honor of “DNA Day,” personal genomics company 23andMe is offering a $99 test.

  • April 23, 2010

In honor of National DNA Day (or in a blatant-yet-brilliant marketing move, depending on your perspective), personal genetic testing firm 23andMe is offering $99 genetic testing. The fee covers the company’s “Complete Edition” testing. This doesn’t mean full-genome sequencing, since 23andMe uses DNA microarrays to determine which version of 550,000 SNPs (single-letter changes in your genome) you carry. But it does include information on the following…

  • Ancestry
    • Relative Finder
    • Maternal Line
    • Paternal Line (for men only)
    • Ancestry Painting
    • Global Similarity
  • Health (148 reports)
    • Carrier Status (24)
    • Disease Risk (12)
    • Drug Response (9)
    • Traits (10)
    • Cutting-edge Research (93)

…as well as the ability to download raw data about the SNPs present in your mitochondrial and Y chromosome DNA, as well as data for nearly 600,000 other positions.

Pretty cool for $99–at least for a bio geek like me!

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