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$99 for 1 million markers

Gene ExpressionBy Razib KhanDec 11, 2012 3:18 PM

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Looks like 23andMe has a new $99 price point. If so, that's 100 markers per cent! (here's the press release) 1) Privacy: Yes, this a privacy risk. 23andMe is fundamentally an IT company, and IT companies mess up. But I am confident that within 10-15 years genetic information is going to be pretty easy to get anyhow. Your data will be in too many places for any expectation of privacy. 2) Cost/worth it: That is dependent on your income. If you are willing to spend $100 on a nice meal, I think $100 for 1 million markers is an excellent proposition. The markers never depreciate, though in the near future you will you get sequence data which will supersede them.

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