Sunday, 18 November 2007

Genetic Testing: Customer DNA analyses

Genetic Testing: Customer DNA Analyses Sunday, 18 November 2007 Three companies have started or are planning services to test customers’ DNA at nearly one million locations (SNP’s) where the human genome is known to vary between individuals. All are offering services to help consumers interpret the information contained in their own genomes. Would you subscribe to such a service? 23andMe Mountain View, Calif. Available now for $999 Services: genotyping 580,000 SNPs using Illumina technology; Gene Journals reporting risk for 20 diseases and physical traits; tools for tracing ancestry and DNA similarity with family and friends; Genome Explorer to provide access to all data to allow customers to compare any published study with their own genotype; will provide referrals to genetic counsellors. Online: www.23andme.com deCODE Genetics Reykjavik, Iceland Available now for $985 Services: genotyping one million SNPs using Illumina technology; deCODEme will provide risk reports for about 20 diseases and physical traits; tools for tracing ancestry and DNA similarity with family and friends; genetic counsellors available for consultations. Online: www.decodeme.com Navigenics Redwood Shores, Calif. Available in 2008 for $2,500 Services: will genotype one million SNPs using Affymetrix technology; health Compass will provide risk reports for about a dozen diseases; results relayed by genetic counsellor. Online: www.navigenics.com/ Read more at: My Genome, Myself: Seeking Clues in DNA NY Times - November 17, 2007 ......... ZenMaster


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