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Health

Personal genomics gets very personal

Gene ExpressionBy Razib KhanMarch 31, 2011 8:58 AM

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Dan MacArthur points me to this nice post over at Daily Kos, Our Genome Decoded: How Companies Like 23andMe Are Advancing the Field of Personal Genomics:

...However, in the past few years several private biotech companies have started offering a "personal genome service" that involves sequencing the most variable portions of our DNA. The goals are straightforward - to give individuals information about their ancestry and inherited traits. While there are definite limitations - both technically and bioethically - to the amount and type of information that can be obtained from personal genome sequencing, in my case the service answered a lingering question about something important to me, and thus was well worth it. In this article, I'm going to tell the story about why I chose to purchase a personal genome service, briefly explain how it works, show my interesting results, and finally, provide some commentary on how these services will impact the fields of genomics and medicine.

One step at a time. I also appreciate that Michelle keeps posting on her ADMIXTURE results.

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