Discuss: 23andMe Gene Testing

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March 8, 2018 at 05:16:45
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that 23andMe has received FDA approval for a breast cancer gene test. Discuss here if you think genetic testing is a good idea, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

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Justin


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#1
March 9, 2018 at 03:51:13
damn, you can check for colour blindness:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_...

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March 10, 2018 at 14:41:05
Once genetic testing is fully in use, health and life insurance companies will use it to screen out “anyone” who “might” make a claim for a whole list of “possible” illnesses etc.

Likewise drug companies will start to charge high prices for drugs or other methodoligies to treat specific health issues with targeted treatments, once they have specific genetic profile data disclosed to them.

In short, if you’re found likely to get sick for whatever reason (as discovered by genetic testing) you’ll be effectively uninsurable - unless you have lots of money. Mind you in the US if the right wing party and the HMO lobby and supporters have their way that will become the norm again, even without genetic testing.


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#3
March 10, 2018 at 17:29:27
The testing companies keep all the genetic information
about you, of course, and maybe the samples themselves.
What do you think they will do with it in the long run?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#4
March 14, 2018 at 06:40:45
I would, if were thinking of marrying. Many orphan deceases are activated when both parties of a couple carry that gene. Bringing a child into the world knowing they probably would face dealing with an incurable decease would be more than I could handle.

Drug companies don't spend many research dollars on deceases that occur in small numbers.

All that said, I am long past that stage of my life. I did recently take the DNA test from Ancestry.com. My wife bought the kit for a present, so I went ahead with the test. The comments above are legiitimate concerns that the governments of the world need to somehow address, if gene testing is to move forward. There can be many benefits associated with having a massive pool of donors.


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#5
March 14, 2018 at 07:57:55
Orphan deceases, eh?

What happens when that spelling checker works on your DNA?

The cur will be worse than the decease!

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#6
March 14, 2018 at 08:03:01
OK Jeff, I will Ignore your comments on my spelling of Disease. I assume you know what an orphan disease is?

https://www.medicinenet.com/script/...


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#7
March 15, 2018 at 04:28:37
Prior to marriage, Jewish Couples have long taken Blood tests in order to avoid incompatibilities which might cause problems should they have children.

I have always thought this was wise and should be adopted by others.

DNA testing can be an extension to this.

Having a disabled child that requires support throughout their life.is a terrible situation to be in. Should the Parents go before the Child, inevitable it is institutionalized, which is then a drain on Society. Surely avoiding this if possible is better?.

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