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@KickAssBrockSamson I love what they are doing but I still think these companies fall short when it comes to prevention. They focus on phenotypic data (23andme does this as well) such has eye/hair color. I would like to see blood work coupled to genome data. Factors like CRP, vitamins/minerals so that we can identify novel gene/diet interactions.
23andMe was interpreting your DNA for health factors / risks. That way you would know if you were more at risk for heart disease, Alzheimer’s, breast cancer etc. With this information you could take it upon yourself to modify your diet and / or take supplements to mitigate your risks.
This is not the case anymore. The FDA has stated that 23andMe is no longer allowed to interpret your DNA for you. FDA believes that people will undertake unnecessary procedures.
I am basically saying that 23andMe would still interpret your DNA for you if the government did not think people were not smart enough to make informed decisions.
But you can still get your DNA sequenced by 23andMe and have another company interpret the Raw Data for you. That is what I did. :D
Exactly. I met with 23andMe last week and they were working on gathering phenotypic data from surveys people that order tests fill out. I still think it would me more interesting to combine genotype with biomarkers from blood tests and micronutrient levels. The whole genome sequencing that human longevity is doing will be cool if it becomes a consumer product (obviously needs to be cheap enough). I’m interested in figuring out what diet and supplements people should take based on their genome profile. I’ve already started working on this based on my own 23andMe, I think this is the best way to prolong health and stave off disease.
Just an FYI… 23andMe only checks for common SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms), and do not do a full sequencing. Especially relevant in the context of this article (since they’re talking about a full sequencing!)
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