indarwinsshadow: 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
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
BalugaJoe: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 209x300]
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.
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.
SevenizGud: Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) has the equivalent test with the health information stripped from the output file (also for $99).Why would you want to take this test without it? Genealogy. By noting shared ancestral surnames with your DNA match, one can arrive at conclusions about surnames that are ancestral to you, but about which you were previously unaware. To the genealogist, that's huge.Also, there is a website called gedmatch where people can upload their data, and so you can check your matches across platforms (AncestryDNA also does this test, so there are at least 3 labs with matching possible using gedmatch).
MadMonk: [i406.photobucket.com image 720x960]
JohnnyRebel88: guilt by association: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.I know this, and obviously so do you, but by putting this out there, others might think twice. Anyway in theory, if they had enough data, they might be able to link you to others.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...How do you know that the company will not sell only your info, but the entire company to the government or someone that will? People that want information usually make it look pleasing to a blind consumer and that was my point.
xxmedium: I've used both services - familytreedna.com for mtdna and ydna (before familyfinder xdna testing was available) and 23andme.com for the xdna. I will second using gedmatch.com which will take results from both companies (and ancestry.com I believe too but not sure).The biggest problem with gedmatch now is availability. They had to shut their site down for almost a month to migrate to another hosting provider because the demand for testing matches across different companies' data was so great their servers got swamped.
caddisfly: As an adoptee this kind of service is invaluable. I know next to nothing about my national heritage, and absolutely nothing about family medical history. Can't tell you how much time I've spent in my lifetime wondering about this stuff. I'm $99 poorer but feel like a huge, hidden part of "me" is about to be revealed.
Diogenes: That's not an oral swab.
Cybernetic: 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.
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