Sunday, September 1, 2013

Have You Had Your Genes Tested?

A month ago, I bravely ordered a gene test kit from 23andme, a company in California, and sent off a sample of my saliva. A few days ago, I received pages and pages of results that had to do with my health, and my family's health. The amount of information I received far surpassed anything I'd expected. I now have sequences of genes, some of which show my susceptibility to diseases, and I've been trying to get my family to participate, but so far have experienced notes of hostility and suspicion rather than the compliance I had hoped to gain.

Please listen to these two videos previously broadcast on American national television NBC-TV with an informative article.

And here's an article called "The ABC's of your DNA" from The New York Times to read about the current exhibit about genes at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., or better yet, go and see it. But at minimum, please have a gene test done.

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