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23andMe expands to the UK

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by wdb, Dec 1, 2014.

  1. wdb

    wdb Senior Member

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    23andMe expands to the UK despite US restrictions
    The same tests that the company isn't allowed to market in the US will be sold in the UK

    23andMe, the genetics company, is expanding its Personal Genome Service to the UK market. Perhaps wary of the troubles that have plagued the company in the US, 23andMe notes that its services are not diagnostic in its UK press release. That doesn't stop the company from promising to reveal risk factors and genes for sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease — using the same health reports that U.S. officials have suspended...
     
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  2. barbc56

    barbc56 Senior Member

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    Do you have an agency in the UK that has oversight for such matters? Anything for a buck, eh?

    Barb
     
  3. PennyIA

    PennyIA Senior Member

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    To be honest? I always thought that the risk factors reports were nowhere near as valuable as the individual genetic analysis anyway. The reports were each based on a single genetic indicator and it's value was only as good as the previous studies on that gene which may or may not be accurate. Plus it would state something like I have a 50% risk of high blood pressure issues, when in fact I struggle with low blood pressure. Knowing that you are at risk has some values, but knowing the genetics directly and looking up the studies yourself to judge for a quality study is of more value, to me personally. Knowing the MTHFR and using it to look up different proposed supplement recommendations actually gives me something I could work with instead of just a list of things that I might be at risk for and may never, ever have to deal with.

    I think that even a single gene singled out as increasing or decreasing your risk of something isn't the complete picture (with a few exceptions)... I think it's probably much more complex than that for so many health factors.
     
  4. barbc56

    barbc56 Senior Member

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    Absolutely. There are just so many factors to consider such as the type of environment, a person is exposed to which can make the number of possible outcomes huge. Even geneticist who have had years of training know that they are dealing with many unknowns.

    As you said, there are exceptions where it's easier to predict outcomes but overall it's a very complicated process.

    Barb
     
  5. Bob

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  6. optimist

    optimist Senior Member

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    I am doing a lot of reading and research these days on the methylation topic :ill:. I understand that it can be an advantage to take a 23andMe test, but this whole Google marriage is kind of scary to me. I value my privacy! Are there no other similar service than this one?
     
  7. Valentijn

    Valentijn WE ARE KINA

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    You can opt to keep your genetic data private when you sign up. Or you can opt to let it be used in research, etc.
     
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  9. barbc56

    barbc56 Senior Member

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    I thought the original article was from the Guardian. Facepalm.

    Thanks!

    Barb
     
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  10. MeSci

    MeSci ME/CFS since 1995; activity level 6?

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    The Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) have a piece on the subject here.
     
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