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    23andMe Ushers At-Home Genetic Testing Into 2013: DNA Gets Personal


    by IBTimes


    Ever wonder what your DNA says about you? One company has made it easier than ever before to access your personal genetic data, and they have spent the past 7 years compiling the largest genealogical DNA database in the world.

    23andMe, the leading personal genetics company, provides you with a full DNA report and it’s as simple as logging onto the 23andMe website, purchasing their easy to use DNA ‘spit kit’, and putting it in the mail.

    Once your kit arrives, you register your sample, spit into the tube provided, seal it up, and send it off to the lab, where your DNA is then extracted, copied, and analyzed.

    My DNA report was available online in just 3 weeks.

    My results provided me with a few things I already knew, like the fact that I have blue eyes and straighter hair ‘on average,’ but they also told me I have an increased risk of Glaucoma and Multiple Sclerosis, and a decreased risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease. I discovered that I am a carrier for Cystic Fibrosis, 2.9% Neanderthal, and I’m a distant relative of Katie Couric on my mother’s side.

    23andMe has over 325,000 users and most of them agree to share their DNA results with researchers.

    Actress Angelina Jolie put genetic testing in the spotlight in May when she decided to undergo a preventative double mastectomy after discovering she carried a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which doctors said gave her an 87% chance of developing breast cancer and 50% risk of ovarian cancer.

    23andMe’s goal is to make DNA testing readily available to everyone, emphasizing that genetic testing is the equivalent to taking a long hard look in the mirror.