Recently, I spit in a plastic tube and mailed it to California. While that sounds like a fun prank, it was to get my DNA tested by 23andMe. The first few minutes of this video show the unboxing/spitting.
23andMe is a really neat company that has been around since 2007. They process your DNA and tell you what it means. It's only $99 to get yours tested.
Here's the highlights from my results.
The most fascinating part was the traits. Here are a few of the interesting ones:
|Alcohol Flush Reaction||Does Not Flush|
|Bitter Taste Perception||Unlikely to Taste|
|Eye Color||Likely Brown|
|Hair Curl||Slightly Curlier Hair|
|Lactose Intolerance||Likely Tolerant|
|Caffeine Consumption||Slightly Higher Amount Per Day|
|Height||Averaged 0.3–0.7cm taller|
It's crazy how all of them were right on. Fascinating.
It also shows tons of diseases and your risk for them. Here are a few that are below for me.
|Age-related Macular Degeneration||1.6%|
|Type 1 Diabetes||0.17%|
Of the ones that had increased risk, none of them were too scary thankfully. Before they tell you a few of them, they present a ton of information and you have to click I understand before they tell you the result (Alzheimer's for one). Thankfully, I have a lower risk for all of those.
I knew my mother's side was British before coming to America in the colonies. Seeing a tad of Native American and African in there makes sense. I knew there was some Cherokee in there, so it was cool to see the results matched that. You can really drill down on this graph. Here's the overview though:
This wasn't as interesting to me as the health/traits stuff, but still pretty cool.
See My Genome
I posted my genome on GitHub: github.com/soffes/dna. You can download it and look through my source code. Pretty fascinating.
Pull requests welcome.