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My thoughts on getting my own DNA tested:

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Specifically wish to forgo DNA evaluation
  1791 votes / 10%
Have no plans for / interest in a DNA evaluation
  5634 votes / 34%
Mildly interested in a DNA evaluation
  5469 votes / 33%
Strongly considering a DNA evaluation
  1853 votes / 11%
The genes are in the mail!
  186 votes / 1%
Been there, done that, got the report
  515 votes / 3%
Every 3 months or 3,000 miles
  1003 votes / 6%
16451 total votes.
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My thoughts on getting my own DNA tested:

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  • Re:Why would I? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 17, 2012 @04:39PM (#40353925)

    I selected mildly interested. The reason is that my wife and I are starting to think about having kids. The problem is that we are both anonymously adopted, meaning we have no idea what our family histories are and therefore what the risk to our kids are. Both of us also know many people who have genetic diseases. Two examples, Friend A has an X linked trait, meaning that every one of his daughters would be carriers and Friend B has a huge family history of SSA. With my wife and I, we could have genes necessary to genetically dooming our children due to the way we combine genetically.

    BUT, there are too many questions about privacy and cost.

    All together, mildly interested.

  • Clarification needed (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 17, 2012 @05:13PM (#40354203)

    What do you mean by getting DNA tested? Am I interested in having my complete genome sequenced? No. But I have gotten blood drawn that was screened for certain specific recessive genetic diseases :

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_genetic_diseases#Genetic_testing_in_Jewish_populations

  • by billstewart (78916) on Sunday June 17, 2012 @05:34PM (#40354371) Journal

    At 23andMe, it's under $200, occasionally $99 on sale. Gets you a lot of information, and updates as they find new things. Of course I did it under a pseudonym, and used a Hushmail account to get the results, because I'd rather not risk linking my genetic information to the real world, so I'm also not responding to the "We might be related" emails that their ancestry section supports. But the medical information is interesting, and the ancestry information is consistent with what I'd expect. I have answered a number of their research questionnaire things (e.g. family history of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc.) which they use to try to find out more correlations between genes and medical conditions.

    Most of the results are of the form "you're X% likely to get this disease/symptom, compared to Y% of European males of your age group", or "you do/don't have the gene for this condition", depending on whether it's a condition that's strictly determined by a gene (like hemophilia), or influenced by lots of different genes (like height or heart disease), or by genes and environment (like height or heart disease.)

  • by Cyberax (705495) on Sunday June 17, 2012 @07:48PM (#40355199)
    I've sequenced myself several times (it's not cheap but our company produces tools for DNA sequencing :) ) and before that I'd genotyped myself using 23andMe kit. The results are interesting and actually have some medical values (I'll be checking for macular degradation more often). Other than that, I've used it to check my lineage (no surprises) and compare predicted traits with actual traits.

    For anyone interested, http://23andme.com/ [23andme.com] provides a cheap and easy way to do DNA testing on yourself - you buy their kit, make a saliva sample and mail it to them. And it can be fully anonymous.
  • Re:Why would I? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 17, 2012 @11:32PM (#40356255)

    You may well be unaware of the usefulness, but it is truly already useful.

    I've gotten tested through 23andMe, and the report includes a "Drug Response" section that helped inform my Dr. on what (not) to prescribe.

  • Re:Why would I? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jamesh (87723) on Monday June 18, 2012 @04:08AM (#40357199)

    I selected mildly interested. The reason is that my wife and I are starting to think about having kids. The problem is that we are both anonymously adopted, meaning we have no idea what our family histories are and therefore what the risk to our kids are. Both of us also know many people who have genetic diseases.

    Screw that... if it was me i'd be more interested in making sure I hadn't married my cousin or sister :)

    Seriously though, what will you do if you find out that your potential offspring have a high chance of inheriting something nasty? I guess your options are to not have kids, pre-screen via IVF, or pre-screen in utero and abort anything carrying the disease...

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