$99 genetic testing, one day only!

This is cool:  23andme is having a one-day sale on their Complete Edition kits in honor of "DNA Day" for $99, or 80% off the standard price of $499.   The price is ONLY good on April 23, 2010.

$99 to spit and a tube and get info on 148 diseases adn conditions, plus some info on your ancestors' migration patterns?  This is the next best thing to DIY genetics - totally sweet!  A bunch of us at Instructables have already signed up*.

What do you think about the idea of genetic testing:  awesome, scary, or somewhere in between?  Are you interested in getting tested?  How much is this kind of informatino worth, and would you try it if it were free?  Are there things about your genes you wouldn't want to know, or is more information always good?



*I find this sort of thing fascinating, and not just because my undergrad degree is in biology - for me it's about knowing everything I can about my body and how it works.  The more information I have, the more I can modify my behavior, and generally tinker around under the hood - it's an extension of the "if you can't open it, you don't own it" DIY ethos. 


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 I'm not going to lie, I am so so so so so so so sad that I missed this.
I was too busy running all over the place to click the email link that day. :P
rachel7 years ago
I think it's because you find this kind of thing fascinating that you have the bio degree in the first place!

I bought a kit and am anxiously awaiting its arrival.  A friend has suggested following up on the results, when they arrive, on SNPedia:

"The 23andMe service has been getting slowly more interesting, but the killer app of this whole thing is downloading your raw data and feeding it through snpedia.com. There's a downloadable python program which will tediously compare every SNP in your raw data against the research reports that snpedia has collated and give you (generally terrible) synopses and links to further data. It's brilliant."
Terrible, as in wrong, or terrible as in "OH GOD I'M GONNA DIE."?

Sounds interesting.
Kiteman rachel7 years ago
So... you spend $500 to get a list of the incurable conditions that could kill you?

There's fun...
canida (author)  rachel7 years ago
Oh, cool!
ChrysN7 years ago
I wonder if they provide genetic counseling when you get your results to help you deal with the information you get. 

I'm not sure if I would want to have it done especially if it is an incurable condition like Kiteman said.
Ninzerbean7 years ago
 I could not find the test for that price, maybe it ended before the 23rd was over.