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23andme

Last year I joined 23andme, for that cheap genetic analysis before the FDA might cut it off. I then decided that given various health problems, possibly psychosomatic, like a possible panic attack, I wasn't at all sure I wanted to even glance at health claims. Which a biologist friend says are mostly dubious anyway. I still haven't looked at those, but I finally logged in to update my credit card, and looked at the ancestry stuff.

maternal haplotype: most likely Ashkenazi Jew (yep)
paternal: Basque, Ireland (yep), or fringes of North Sea

global similarity: kind of whack. The bars imply a lot of similarity to everyone except non-Northern Africans. The actual numbers range from 67.7 to 63.5. I don't know if I can take this as suggesting no recent African ancestors.

ancestry labs: how does this even work? I get an obscure spreadsheet

ancestry finder: Not sure how this works. Shows far more chromosome 'coverage' for Eastern Europe than for Ireland, with no real indication I am Irish. I wonder if this is a function of who's signed up. Or most of Clan Sullivan emigrated to the US, since if I check the "show US" box that outstrips Eastern Europe.

Also, wow, a bunch of old messages from possible 4th or 5th cousins.

Hmm, drug sensitivity health data seems unlikely to alarm me... "caffeine: slow metabolizer. people with the slower version of the CYP1A2 enzyme who also drank at least two to three cups of coffee per day had a significantly increased risk of a non-fatal heart attack" Cute. Hmm, now I'm curious about my parents' genes. I guess I'd have to triangulate with my half-siblings or my father's surviving siblings.

antidepressant: typical. Atypical people have increased or greatly increased chance of remission, not less. Ditto for heroin: typical, and atypicals are more or even more likely to be addicted. Hmm, what about non-addictive people, who can smoke or dabble in drugs and then drop them?

Hey, it guessed my blood type.

Disease risks: bye!


No one reading this is gonna get why this userpic, huh.

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teldreaming
May. 11th, 2012 03:29 am (UTC)
The subscription thing is being dropped, fyi.

Try ancestry finder in ancestry labs if you haven`t.

I`m not very Finnish, but I seem to match most of Finland. Finding out my great-grandmother wasn't Ashkenazi was useful, though. Vaguely.
mindstalk
May. 11th, 2012 03:52 am (UTC)
Sounds like they'll finish extracting their $99 from me, then free! But lots more for newbies.

I think I messed up; what I called relative finder was ancestry finder (have edited to fix), and I hadn't looked at relative finder.
jenbooks
May. 11th, 2012 03:31 am (UTC)
This is the second time in less than 2 days that I've seen this site mentioned. Do you think the info you get is worth the price? 'Cause I am tempted...
mindstalk
May. 11th, 2012 03:54 am (UTC)
Probably saw it mentioned because they changed their pricing model today (Thursday). Is it worth it, especially the higher lump sums they'll be charging... not really sure, honestly. On the medicine side we don't really know that much, though there's some Alzheimer's risk indicator you can unlock (not a money thing, a "do you *really* want to know?") and I obviously haven't explored the ancestry stuff much.
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