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Would you get your DNA sequenced for $99?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 14, 2010 at 6:29 AM

Someone mentioned this in Patrick's earlier thread, but let me make it abundantly clear-- 23andme.com is having a sale right now. They have a sale about once every couple years. Their ancestory/health DNA sequencing service is down from $499 to $99 until December 25th.

I ordered one, and thought some curious paleohackers might be interested in getting themselves a Christmas present. Actually there's an upcharge of $60 added for this additional thing too. But other than that, it's all kosher. Okay, back to not using the internet, and sorry for the non-question question...

(feel free to delete this hack! it's just that the "I'll show you my genome" thing up there was begging for it!)

B294438548c32ed878905baf6cd1b332

on December 14, 2010
at 10:26 PM

Maybe worth noting is that the co-founder of 23andMe is married to Google co-founder Sergey Brinn. Here's a link to their Consent Agreement: https://www.23andme.com/about/consent/ Haven't decided if I'll do this yet, but leaning toward it...thanks for pointing out the holiday promo, Kamal!

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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on December 14, 2010
at 09:06 PM

Yowsa. +$62.95 for shipping to UK.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on December 14, 2010
at 08:00 PM

@Angelo and @Kamal -- yep -- very concerned about privacy. That is what has kept me from pulling the trigger on this.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on December 14, 2010
at 06:40 PM

Nah, I've never really thought twice about privacy. There was that thing where 23andme sent people the wrong results though. I can certainly see situations where people would want their genetic information to be kept under lock and key.

B294438548c32ed878905baf6cd1b332

on December 14, 2010
at 05:31 PM

Are you at all hesitant due to privacy concerns?

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on December 14, 2010
at 05:05 PM

Eh, "paleo-diet-pertinent-gene-associations". I guess the whole purpose of the paleo diet is that our genes ARE paleo-type genes.

5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

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on December 14, 2010
at 04:43 PM

"paleo-type genes" Hunh?

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on December 14, 2010
at 08:07 AM

Did you buy this, Patrick? I'm theorizing that additional paleo-type genes will be identified in the next year or two, and we can use this personalized info to tailor our broad paleo diets. I know 23andme provides correlations with lactose tolerance, bitter taste preference, and some metabolic stuff, but I'm not sure about other nutrition things. They did just double their SNPs analyzed though, which is good.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on December 14, 2010
at 07:55 AM

This is a great question. I know we have covered it a bit before.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on December 14, 2010
at 07:50 AM

Note that you have to subscribe to their $5/month value-added type service for 12 months. So you pay $99 now, and then $5 per month for 12 months. And those details are not prominently displayed when you check out. That being said, these guys (girls, actually) don't have discounts very often...

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Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on December 14, 2010
at 01:51 PM

I would, but I would want to get it sequenced by a number of companies to compare results.

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E46d4f7e35e46ee4e8211ab4bc852023

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on December 14, 2010
at 04:49 PM

I'm a little bit confused on whether it's as worth it as woman? It says "Paternal lineage assignments are only possible for male customers," and I don't have a brother with the same exact parents as mine. It seems like by using female DNA, we'd only get half the information?

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on December 14, 2010
at 09:18 PM

I ordered it. Simply to see what kind of results I get. Much cheaper than the $500 or so it was before.

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B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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on December 14, 2010
at 08:53 PM

Thanks for the tip. Doing it now. This might help clear up some background for an adopted family member. I'd also be interested in getting from another company to compare results.

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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on December 14, 2010
at 09:06 PM

Yowsa. +$62.95 for shipping to UK.

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on December 14, 2010
at 02:49 PM

I did this last year. It's a very cool thing. Bummer about the new subscription fee, makes it tougher to get the rest of my family on board.

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on December 14, 2010
at 01:27 PM

I would, and I am!

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