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[By Staff Reporters]

Did you know that last week, in celebration of DNA day, the personal genomics company 23andme offered a sizable discount for its complete edition kit?

The Kit

The information provided to consumers is extensive. With the kit, the company promised access to the following kinds of data and information:

  • Ancestry information – relative finder, maternal lines
  • Healthcare – Disease risk, carrier status, drug response, traits
  • Raw genetic data

Assessment

Read more by Phil Baumann RN, right here:

http://philbaumann.com/2010/04/29/is-your-genome-a-controlled-substance/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PhilBaumann+%28Phil+Baumann%29

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5 Responses

  1. Enter the FUD Factor

    And now, fear surrounds over-the-counter genetic tests as shoppers are able to check propensity for Alzheimer’s, breast cancer and diabetes, etc.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37076766/ns/health-more_health_news

    Sometimes, too much info is not a good thing!

    Beth

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  2. DNA

    Scottish man could be ‘grandson’ of Eve

    http://now.msn.com/now/0701-grandfather-of-britain.aspx

    Carney

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  3. DNA Day

    Technologic advances in genetic testing now enable us to examine millions of DNA fragments simultaneously. Although promising, the benefits, limitations, and potential impact on clinical care need to be thoroughly examined.

    Winifred S. Hayes, Inc.
    http://www.hayesinc.com

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  4. HeLA Cells

    As Oprah Winfrey’s latest project, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, approaches its April 22 premiere on HBO, turmoil continues behind the scenes, leaving Winfrey “disappointed.”

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/oprah-disappointed-in-lacks-family-drama/ar-BBzOa7o?li=BBnb7Kz

    Henrietta Lacks was an African-American Baltimore cancer patient who died in 1951 not knowing her tumor cells (now known as HeLa cells) were harvested by Johns Hopkins Hospital researchers and later duplicated into “immortal” cell lines utilized by scientists for medical testing all over the world. (They remain in use to this day.)

    Editor’s Note: I grew up near JHU and have been following this story for my entire life.

    Dr. David E. Marcinko MBA

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