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The Latest on 23andMe

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Three weeks ago, 23andMe launched their personal genome service. In the meantime, the launch has prompted a great deal of discussion. Additionally, a few of the earliest customers have already received their results. Here are links to some of the most interesting posts regarding 23andMe’s service.

To Be or Not to Be: 23andMe
LaunchSquad received their 23andMe kit in the mail, causing them to ponder the benefits, considerations, and services involved in genetic testing. After introspection, they decide to spit and mail.

Know Your Genes, Know Your Future
GeneratedMadness decides that the benefits of 23andMe’s service outweighs the potential negatives.

I Like The Way You Stink
Mark Brooks at Online Personals Watch has already received the results of his analysis.

23andMe Unboxing
Mark Fletcher at Wingedpig.com unboxes the kit he received on November 21st. Although the results were supposed to be due in 4 to 6 weeks, they were ready in just a few weeks – see 23andMe Results. There weren’t any surprises in the Ancestry section, but the Gene Journal and the Genome Explorer sections were especially interesting.

23andme – Do I really dare?
Professor Gunther Teubner discusses the hurdles that he will have to overcome before feeling comfortable with genome analysis.

Step 1: I Purchased A 23AndMe DNA Test
Michael Arrington at TechCrunch decided to “bite the bullet” and buy “a DNA test from 23andMe’s new Personal Genome Service.” The post sparked a lengthy discussion that is playing out in the comments (over 50 so far).

Michael Arrington purchased magic beans
Sammy at Health Information analyzes the TechCrunch post and some of the ensuing comments.

Fundraising Updates for Andrew’s DNA Test
Andrew at BuzzYeah is gathering donations for a testing kit from 23andMe.

Are Home Genome Tests a Step Away from Eugenics?
Annalee Newitz at Alternet asks some philosophical questions (be sure to read the discussion in the comments as well).

I Won’t Spit, Don’t Ask Me
Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant lists the reasons she is not interested in genome analysis.


Blaine Bettinger

Intellectual property attorney, genealogist, and author of The Genetic Genealogist since 2007

5 Comments

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  2. Hey Blaine, thanks for the holler.

    I’m definitely new to this genetics stuff. I’m trying to learn as much as I can. Just added your blog to my RSS reader.

  3. Thanks Andrew! I’ve enjoyed watching your progress. Maybe when you’re finished you might be interested in doing a guest post here at TGG about your 23andMe experience.

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