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Message 1447344 - Posted: 27 Nov 2013, 7:59:41 UTC

I have seen ads on TV recently for a home DNA testing kit that is supposed to be able to illustrate certain health tendencies of an individual. I wonder about the accuracy of such an over the counter self testing kit. I also wonder why family doctors are not prescribing such tests to be performed by professional labs to help them guide us to a healthier life.


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Message 1447356 - Posted: 27 Nov 2013, 10:25:57 UTC

I'd be worried about insurance companies getting hold of the data.


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Message 1447450 - Posted: 27 Nov 2013, 17:19:52 UTC

IIRC the FDA has asked the 23 and me company to cease testing.

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/nov/25/genetics-23andme-fda-marketing-pgs-screening


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Message 1447456 - Posted: 27 Nov 2013, 17:47:13 UTC

Full marks (well I am feeling generous this evening) to the FDA for stopping this company of snake oils salesmen in their tracks.


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Message 1449736 - Posted: 4 Dec 2013, 3:37:16 UTC
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Thanks Skildude for your research and the link you provided. I am surprised that the FCC has allowed this company to air their misleading ads. I am naturally skeptical of such things but there are so many gullible folks out there who have most likely paid to have these tests run.


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Message 1449791 - Posted: 4 Dec 2013, 5:26:30 UTC

Now tests like this linked 1 came up here about 2yrs ago with the same findings.

You will be ripped off in many ways.

If you want a DNA test done then just pay the $'s to your local government approved medical agency that does these tests (whether you do this with or without a court's paternity test order is another story).

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Message 1449869 - Posted: 4 Dec 2013, 11:29:43 UTC

Even made the Beeb.

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Message 1449873 - Posted: 4 Dec 2013, 11:36:36 UTC

It was pretty obvious that it wasn't going to last. Professional Labs don't do DNA testing for commercial gain. This was an attempt by a get rich quick outfit who thought they saw a niche in the market, and didn't do their homework properly.

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Message 1449882 - Posted: 4 Dec 2013, 12:27:08 UTC

Self DNA tester... The things people 'invent' these days...

I'll be back in five, just gonna test some DNA with my 'at-home kit'! Oh boy...



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Message 1450085 - Posted: 4 Dec 2013, 23:38:08 UTC

Now back to the other half of my original post. Is my doctor still in the stone age or is it still not a commonly used tool for preventative medicine? Or would people freak out if their doctor told them they had a high probability of contracting a life threatening disease?


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Message 1450269 - Posted: 5 Dec 2013, 15:19:30 UTC

OMG, I have a hereditary propensity for ingrowing toenails. Please excuse me while I rush off and re-write my will, as I will no doubt cast of the mortal coil very shortly.

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Message 1450275 - Posted: 5 Dec 2013, 15:32:51 UTC - in response to Message 1450085.  

Now back to the other half of my original post. Is my doctor still in the stone age or is it still not a commonly used tool for preventative medicine? Or would people freak out if their doctor told them they had a high probability of contracting a life threatening disease?

The doctor will probably be able to control them when giving them the news. But what will freak them out over there is that their health insurance would either be null and void, or increase by a factor of 10.

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Message 1450532 - Posted: 6 Dec 2013, 7:09:30 UTC - in response to Message 1450275.  

Now back to the other half of my original post. Is my doctor still in the stone age or is it still not a commonly used tool for preventative medicine? Or would people freak out if their doctor told them they had a high probability of contracting a life threatening disease?

The doctor will probably be able to control them when giving them the news. But what will freak them out over there is that their health insurance would either be null and void, or increase by a factor of 10.

And there is the rub. Id say keep your gentic makeup secret from the damn bean counters at the insurance companys.
I can forsee a day in the not to distant future where a DNA scan is done at conception. And a few days later your insurance provider says they wont insure your kid beacuse of supposed gentic disorder. Please abort!.
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Message 1450602 - Posted: 6 Dec 2013, 12:24:34 UTC - in response to Message 1450275.  
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Now back to the other half of my original post. Is my doctor still in the stone age or is it still not a commonly used tool for preventative medicine? Or would people freak out if their doctor told them they had a high probability of contracting a life threatening disease?

The doctor will probably be able to control them when giving them the news. But what will freak them out over there is that their health insurance would either be null and void, or increase by a factor of 10.

Exactly what i meant.

It's the same reason why i won't have a black box in my car for insurance companies. I had visions of standing on the brakes when i kid runs into the road, and then recieving a letter from Admiral demanding an extra fifty quid for reckless driving.
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Message 1450620 - Posted: 6 Dec 2013, 13:50:19 UTC
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Message 1450702 - Posted: 6 Dec 2013, 17:17:50 UTC - in response to Message 1450085.  
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Now back to the other half of my original post. Is my doctor still in the stone age or is it still not a commonly used tool for preventative medicine? Or would people freak out if their doctor told them they had a high probability of contracting a life threatening disease?

Bob you answered your own question. Are you or your medical insurer willing to pay for you to have a full DNA sequence to see if you have "defective" genes ? If it turns out you do, is your medical insurer going to keep you on their books ? I also reckon that one of the most rampant diseases around at the minute is hypochondria and DNA testing is God's gift to a hypochondriac !!

From what I read, a DNA test can only indicate an increased probability of contracting a certain disease. It cannot state with any definitive certainty that you will or won't fall victim to such a problem.

There are just so many variables outside genetics such as diet, environment and other lifestyle choices that influence these things.

Remember, irrespective of genetics, lifestyle or whatever, you will still die one day. The best we can hope for is to still be in charge of all our faculties when the Fates cut the thread.

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