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(Fast Company)   For $99, company will check your DNA and tell you how you will die. Frankie "The Fist" Pinasco will tell you for free   (fastcompany.com) divider line 72
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2013-10-15 11:53:02 AM  
Has anyone done this test? I'm leaning towards buying a kit, but I'm curious about just how informative the results are.

/interested in the trivia aspect, may or may not adjust my lifestyle based on the results
 
2013-10-15 11:55:50 AM  
...but if I try to give a lady $99 to take some of my DNA, I get arrested!
 
2013-10-15 11:57:09 AM  
I gave it a go and am currently waiting 4-6 weeks for the results.  I'm not expecting any surprises, but was curious.
 
2013-10-15 11:58:53 AM  
I wonder if this a way for the government to find out more info on you.  They will find your close and distant relatives, which would be very beneficial for them to have if you are a criminal or someone of value.  I saw these commercials every 20-30 minutes last night on ESPN or some other sports network and this was the first thing I thought.
Not getting one.
 
2013-10-15 11:59:44 AM  
snakeoilpromotions.com
Only $99!  It's a steal at that price!
 
2013-10-15 12:01:00 PM  
Mine came back with  Alcohol Poisoning.

I had no idea I was Irish.
 
2013-10-15 12:03:13 PM  
www.skeptic.com

Madam Zola will do the same for $20 and a tip.
 
2013-10-15 12:06:01 PM  
I did the test. I'm a skinny dude with a much higher than usual risk of heart disease. My Alzheimer's risk was rated very low, though. And I'm a slow metabolizer of caffeine, though I pretty much already knew that. There are also tests for those freaky rare familial diseases which you have to click on a "don't flip out" disclaimer to access -- fortunately I had none of them.

For me it was worth the hundred bucks just to fulfill my curiosity (that and I'm adopted and have no real family history to refer to)
 
2013-10-15 12:07:36 PM  
The problem is, in the U.S. if your insurance company finds out, you'll be denied coverage for any of the illnesses you test positive for. The ultimate pre-existing condition: genetic disease.
 
2013-10-15 12:07:52 PM  

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Has anyone done this test? I'm leaning towards buying a kit, but I'm curious about just how informative the results are.

/interested in the trivia aspect, may or may not adjust my lifestyle based on the results



I'm waiting for my results, though have looked at others around the web, and for $99 you get quite a lot... detailed ancestry info, traits you carry, a "relative finder" which looks for cousins by comparing your data to others, etc. For some people, the results can be life-changing... finding a relative you never know about, or learning about a medical condition (e.g. celiac disease)
 
2013-10-15 12:08:06 PM  
this sounds familiar... I wonder if they will give you cryptic/ironic but correct ways of dying?

Machine of Death

If you haven't read the first set of short stories, I recommend that you do... also, a second book is out now.
 
2013-10-15 12:08:59 PM  
I think I can get fortune cookies for a lot less than $99
 
2013-10-15 12:09:36 PM  

Ikahoshi: The problem is, in the U.S. if your insurance company finds out, you'll be denied coverage for any of the illnesses you test positive for. The ultimate pre-existing condition: genetic disease.


Shouldn't that no longer be true with the ACA?

Plus, I would hope you can sign something with the tester such that they require your consent to share your results.
 
2013-10-15 12:09:53 PM  
www.qwantz.com

http://machineofdeath.net/

The first book's quite good. Just started the second one, and the first story almost made me cry

/almost
 
2013-10-15 12:09:55 PM  
I know I have 100% chance of dying.  I don't need to know how.
 
2013-10-15 12:10:55 PM  

DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: ...but if I try to give a lady $99 to take some of my DNA, I get arrested!


That's not an oral swab.
 
2013-10-15 12:10:58 PM  
did anybody expect the Spanish Inquisition?
 
2013-10-15 12:11:15 PM  
Based on my parents and maternal grandparents (dad was adopted), cancer, cancer, cancer, heart attack, heart attack, heart attack, heart failure, car accident. Yes I know there are too many choices there, that's because some of those happened more than once to the same person.

FML, basically.
 
2013-10-15 12:11:27 PM  
I've given two tests as gifts.  They can be full of surprises -- you can find out what percentage of Neanderthal you are.  In our family, we found that, contrary to what we'd been told, we have no ties to any known Native American populations.  We found that our maternal dna (mt-dna) was a rare, old, and Near-Eastern type, rather than European, which we'd assumed.  There are pages of questions to answer, and pages of results to pore through, and some of it is definitely specific and can be a little scary.  We'd rather know than not know.  I'm thinking of sending out more as Christmas presents.  Only men can pull up the Y-dna type, so that's good to know in advance.  If you want to know where you came from ages and ages ago, it's fascinating.  I think it was worth the cash for just that much entertainment value, although the medical stuff is enlightening.
 
2013-10-15 12:11:54 PM  

JohnnyRebel88: I wonder if this a way for the government to find out more info on you.  They will find your close and distant relatives, which would be very beneficial for them to have if you are a criminal or someone of value.  I saw these commercials every 20-30 minutes last night on ESPN or some other sports network and this was the first thing I thought.
Not getting one.


Just register the kit under a pseudonym on a secure/separate connection, using a Hushmail email account, and keep the "relative finder" feature turned off.


Ikahoshi: The problem is, in the U.S. if your insurance company finds out, you'll be denied coverage for any of the illnesses you test positive for. The ultimate pre-existing condition: genetic disease.


That is illegal under GINA and other legislation passed in recent years. Not that they won't try, of course...
 
2013-10-15 12:12:55 PM  
They will know that I will die of a heart attack at 80 in a hot tub with two 18 year old cheerleaders? Spookie!
 
2013-10-15 12:13:23 PM  
...alone and unloved?
 
2013-10-15 12:13:30 PM  
Autoerotic asphyxiation?  WTF does that mean?
 
2013-10-15 12:13:43 PM  
Here's a link to an interesting piece on how to get this testing done without giving them enough personal information to tie the results back to you.
 
2013-10-15 12:14:08 PM  
You know there are worse ways to go, but I can't think of a more undignified way than autoerotic asphyxiation.
 
2013-10-15 12:15:21 PM  

Russ1642: You know there are worse ways to go, but I can't think of a more undignified way than autoerotic asphyxiation.


Mama Cass and Elvis would disagree.

/shrug
 
2013-10-15 12:16:02 PM  
I really want to do it but they state that they do link the results to your name and shipping information. Database security isn't exactly foolproof.
 
2013-10-15 12:16:29 PM  

Russ1642: You know there are worse ways to go, but I can't think of a more undignified way than autoerotic asphyxiation.


Came for this.
 
2013-10-15 12:17:48 PM  
 
2013-10-15 12:20:51 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-10-15 12:21:59 PM  
Despite the flippant Fark headline, it's actually a very interesting article.
 
2013-10-15 12:24:14 PM  

apoptotic: Despite the flippant Fark headline, it's actually a very interesting article.


FTFM
 
2013-10-15 12:25:09 PM  
img.fark.net


You will die of depression.
 
2013-10-15 12:25:55 PM  

GoodyearPimp: I gave it a go and am currently waiting 4-6 weeks for the results.  I'm not expecting any surprises, but was curious.


Just go see the topless psychic at the dirt mall.  The reading will be just as accurate and you'll get to see some tits.  And maybe an extra nipple.
 
2013-10-15 12:27:39 PM  

jtown: GoodyearPimp: I gave it a go and am currently waiting 4-6 weeks for the results.  I'm not expecting any surprises, but was curious.

Just go see the topless psychic at the dirt mall.  The reading will be just as accurate and you'll get to see some tits.  And maybe an extra nipple.


Really, she has a third nipple?  I didn't even notice!
 
2013-10-15 12:29:30 PM  

Lego_Addict: I really want to do it but they state that they do link the results to your name and shipping information. Database security isn't exactly foolproof.



Fake name, borrow a friend's credit card and address?
 
2013-10-15 12:32:28 PM  
What if you aren't going to die?

images4.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-10-15 12:32:30 PM  
Hardly new... they've been doing this a few years now.

You can even DNA test your mutt now to see what breeds it has in it.
 
2013-10-15 12:32:56 PM  

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Has anyone done this test? I'm leaning towards buying a kit, but I'm curious about just how informative the results are.


Do it for fun, don't do it for information.  Scientists don't know how to pick through genomic data like that yet.  I think it's going to be a huge going forward in medicine but we're decades away.  The best you will get is "this thing here is correlated with a _____% chance of _______."  And I'm sure you know about correlations.
 
2013-10-15 12:33:24 PM  
Most likely scenario for me: A combination of high blood pressure, low-level diabetes and congestive heart failure...maybe with a stroke thrown in for good measure.

Second-most likely: Car wreck.
 
2013-10-15 12:33:48 PM  
For $99 could I get them to shorten this version of War & Peace? I'm pretty sure if I RTFA I would find something about where the sheriff ate lunch before getting to the scene of the accidental DNA test...
 
2013-10-15 12:34:57 PM  
'Self-Inflicted Pill Overdose After Losing Life-Savings to Swindlers'?  WTF does this mean? Aw, hell... But that's better than my brother.  He got 'Knifed by Gender-Confused Transient'.
 
2013-10-15 12:35:51 PM  

Mr_Fabulous: Most likely scenario for me: A combination of high blood pressure, low-level diabetes and congestive heart failure...maybe with a stroke thrown in for good measure.

Second-most likely: Car wreck.


Go for a walk, eat healthier, get lots of sleep, drink water, cut back on your salt, fat and sugar intake, stop or don't smoke, don't take harmful drugs, stay calm, be happy and find purpose...live a long time
 
2013-10-15 12:38:49 PM  

Ikahoshi: The problem is, in the U.S. if your insurance company finds out, you'll be denied coverage for any of the illnesses you test positive for. The ultimate pre-existing condition: genetic disease.


Diogenes: Ikahoshi: The problem is, in the U.S. if your insurance company finds out, you'll be denied coverage for any of the illnesses you test positive for. The ultimate pre-existing condition: genetic disease.

Shouldn't that no longer be true with the ACA?

Plus, I would hope you can sign something with the tester such that they require your consent to share your results.


Yes, you need to sign something in order to give the company permission to share any of your info.

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, or GINA, makes it illegal for an employer to fire someone based on his genes, and it's illegal for health insurers to raise rates or to deny coverage because of someone's genetic code. This was passed by Bush in 2008 and was strengthened by the ACA. The problem with GINA is that it only covers Health Insurance. You can still be denied Life, Long Term Care, or Disability insurance based on genetic testing. The good news is, right now insurers do not ask if you have been tested and the only way the information can get into the MIB (Medical Information Bureau: the clearinghouse for all of your medical/insurance records) is if you get treated for something based on info from the genetic testing and the treatment is covered by insurance.
 
2013-10-15 12:41:09 PM  
i406.photobucket.com
 
2013-10-15 12:43:26 PM  
I had mine done, turns out I have 35% Anunnaki Alien DNA just as some Ancient Alien Theorist have suggested.
 
2013-10-15 12:43:52 PM  
hstell:  In our family, we found that, contrary to what we'd been told, we have no ties to any known Native American populations.

That's probably very common. It seems like over half the country claims to have native blood but totally based on what a great-grandparent said. The interesting bit is the family connection part where you match up against relatives and sometimes... ooops... find out that dad isn't who anyone thinks he is. Apparently this is somewhat common on 23andMe when entire families get tested. I bet in most cases it didn't even occur to mom that the quickie in the Monte Carlo SS behind the pool hall a year after she got married might now come back to haunt her. That's going to be a big social impact when genome sequencing becomes $10 and standard procedure. It'll be interesting to see if feminist groups try to have laws passed that will protect cheaters from the consequences of indisputable infidelity. Currently false paternity often goes undetected since babies aren't tested unless there is a good reason to. With genome sequencing, it'll be a standard part of everyone's health records. There's no way "dad" won't know that the kid isn't his.
 
2013-10-15 12:48:31 PM  
My husband signed us up for this, just got the results back.  It's interesting, but in my case not life changing.  I do like the idea of further study being done, and participating in something like this just adds data.
 
2013-10-15 12:54:12 PM  
Right, the feature that allows relatives to contact each other kicked in, and two women who have been adopted and have no knowledge at all about their family history are asking questions.  The distinctive maternal dna is a major link, so we have a really good idea how they connect, and how far back.  So, yeah, someone's cover will be blown, big time.  Dates of birth and proximity won't leave much room for doubt.  Doesn't mean they'll contact the parent -- they just want to know.
 
2013-10-15 01:00:13 PM  
There can also be some interesting surprises. The PBS show "Finding Your Roots" (which uses 23 and Me) profiled Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick and they found out that they were cousins (granted, ninth cousins which means that they shared a common ancestor 11 generations back) but there will be some who unexpectedly find out closer relationships.
 
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