23andMe Is Ready To Start Providing Health Data Again

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Silicon Valley sensation 23andMe, a genetic testing company that used to provide ancestry and health related data to consumers, is set to resume to provide this health related trait information again. Back in November of 2013, the Food and Drug Administration had stopped them from providing the health data due to potential false positives, so now two years later they are gearing up to sell their new test kits.

After the FDA stopped them, the company was able to continue to offer ancestry information based on genetic data only, however 23andMe was not allowed to provide any data on non-medical traits like the color of a person’s eye, the composition of the earwax, or whether a person could have a intolerance to lactose.

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The Emergence of DIY DNA Testing

Today, if you want a DNA test to determine your risk for certain illnesses such as Alzheimer’s or breast cancer, you have several options open to you. You can visit one of the many medical centers that offer DNA testing. Depending on exactly why you want the test, costs can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. This is not counting the time and cost of going to a genetic counselor to get the results translated.
Another option is to use the services of direct-to-consumer DNA testing companies. You need to just provide a saliva sample for analysis. They do all the testing and interpretation. Or you might decide to go the way of DIY DNA testing.

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How To Select The Right DNA Testing Company for Your Genealogy Project

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The use of DNA testing for genealogical research became popular in the nineties with high profile cases being decided as a result of DNA use.

In certain cases, it was used to disprove relationships between people who had been long deceased. Cases like the last Czar of the Russian family and the Hemmings case both received considerable media attention.

This was the basis for genealogical research using DNA coming to the commercial market starting from the 2000s.

Today, there are numerous companies offering such services.

According to MyFamilyDNATest.com, there are 4 leading ancestry/family tree DNA testing companies in the mass market today:

  • FamilyTreeDNA’s Family Finder
  • AncestryDNA.com
  • 23AndMe.com; and,
  • the Geni 2.0 Project from NatGeo.

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Finding A Lost Identity, with DNA Testing

Finding A Lost Identity, with DNA Testing

If you’ve ever even considered DNA testing, it’s probably in the realms of TV fantasy. But getting your DNA tested has opened up recently as a viable market for a ton of reasons, only one of which is helping those who have been stripped of their identities recover it.

What can DNA testing do for the living?

We tend to think of DNA testing as the sort of thing carried on on crime programs for dead bodies, but there’s a host of real life people who can benefit from DNA testing. From clearing the vagaries of the classic paternity test to helping amnesia victims and right through to assisting adoptees hunting their birth parents, there’s a host of ways in which DNA testing can … Continue Reading

Fidelity Invests Into 23andMe.com

23andMe Inc., a Silicon Valley genetic-testing-company has managed to raise US$ 115 million in the form of venture capital finance as it gets ready to launch a new product for its clients and also enlarge its drug discovery portfolio.

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The genetic-testing company officially announced that the huge amount of funds was obtained from Fidelity Management & -Research Company. The rest of the funding was contributed by New Enterprise Associates & Google Ventures {previous investors} as well as new investors like WuXi Healthcare Ventures & Casdin Capital. The financing significantly boosted its asset base. According to reliable sources, the company is currently valued at an impressive net worth of US $ 1.1 billion.

Background

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Researching Genealogy Online? Here are Ten Tips

Researching Genealogy Online? Here are Ten Tips

In ancestry research are so many questions often left unanswered regarding your family history, especially if you missed some key relatives in your tree.

Hence, the need for genealogy resources online.

In this blog, we have outlined some very important tips to help as you explore the journey to family history smoothly.… Continue Reading

Facts On Common Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Abuse

Individuals who are abusing prescription drugs often have choices being made daily. They are making these choices because they are either addicted or just want to get or stay high. While every person has their own reasons, often it’s because their life isn’t in the place that they wish.Instead of changing it, they choose to be on drugs instead. While there could be different reasons, mainly it’s because they donèt have anything they want to become or have the courage to be.… Continue Reading

Ten Steps to Finding Your Ancestors

Ten Steps to Finding Your Ancestors

Family genealogy research is something many struggle with, but for millions they don’t know anything about their ancestors.

This is a real shame, because our ancestors make us who we are.  Hundreds of years may pass or even decades, but that doesn’t mean to say we should forget about our forefathers – we should take the time to get to know them.

But how?

Today, ancestry research has become a lot easier with the widespread availability of new technologies including:

  • online ancestry / family tree platforms
  • genealogy search engines, and
  • ancestry DNA tests.

 

Here are ten steps to finding your ancestors using these new technologies.… Continue Reading

Five Steps to Verifying Online Genealogy Sources

Five Steps to Verifying Online Genealogy Sources

Learning about your family genealogy can be a powerful lesson in life.

Most people want to know who they are and where they come from; this is why genealogy a much sought after tool.

But when you have the ability to learn deeply about your personal family history and read their stories, it can change the way you motivate and think about yourself.

There are dozens of great genealogy resources available online today.

However, when you’re using online genealogy services, how sure can you be? How can you verify what you learn?… Continue Reading

Using DNA Genealogy To Identify New Ancestors

DNA Genealogy Identify Your Ancestors

Did you know that your DNA can be used to identify your ancestors?

From Genetics to Genealogy

DNA genealogy uses traditional genealogy plus the latest genetic test data to understand and match you to new relatives and ancestors.

Genealogical DNA testing can mathematically determine the level of genetic relationship between two individuals.

DNA is deoxyribonucleic acid, and is the information code of life. DNA is passed down from generation to generation, forever connecting relatives to one another – even if you don’t know who you are.… Continue Reading