23andMe REVIEWED by Indian | Pros & Cons of Genetic Testing Service


These days you can get your full genome
sequenced for less than $200. Now that’s equivalent to about 160 pounds or just
as much as you would pay 23andMe for an ancestry + health report.
So why at the end of the day would anyone pay 23andMe this much money to
just get their SMPs sequenced? That’s what we’re gonna talk about in this episode
and more so make sure you watch to the end. Now 23andme is one of those Silicon
Valley juggernauts that has emerged in less than a decade and become one of the
largest genetic testing companies in the world and it provides services to
multiple continents including the Americas and Europe. And 23andMe boasts a
user base of 10 million right now and it’s growing rapidly. One of the
reasons why 23andMe has grown so rapidly and continues to grow is the
network effect – the network effect that has resulted from its ancestry report
feature. 23andMe’s Ancestry Report feature allows you to connect with near
or even distant relatives who are for example your first, second or third cousins
and you can even talk to them on the 23andMe platform. But something to keep in
mind is that this feature will only be useful to you if you know that some of
your family members might have used 23andMe wherever they’re located in
the world. In my case I have noticed that it’s only my distant relatives, that are
located in the USA and that have used the 23andMe Ancestry Report feature and they’re
the only people that I can actually connect to. As a fact I do know that a
lot of my relatives do live in India and even the UK but I cannot connect to them
because they have not used this feature. If you have all of your ancestry
coming out of a South Asian country like India then 23andme is not going to
tell you where in India your family might have migrated from. Now I know for
a fact that India as the country does comprise of genetically diverse sets of
populations but that’s something that you’re not going to be able to see in
your 23andMe report unless your family migrated from outside of India – let’s say from
China. And this is something that I really want to stress for people that
are looking at 23andme to provide them with information on
where their family has migrated from within India. I’m from India guys. Ninety
nine point six percent chance I’m from the india-pakistan region and
get this oh wow it’s very possible that my ancestors were from this region in
the last two hundred years! How incredible is that? Make sure you check
out my previous video on 23andme to see how my results came out as. So let’s move on
to why you would consider 23andme over let’s say another genetic testing
service or let’s say getting your full genome sequenced. Now what 23andme
does offer that is very valuable is that it looks at those short nucleotide
polymorphisms (SNPs) that give us valuable information regarding our
likelihood to develop certain diseases or certain traits. And 23andMe is pretty
efficient at looking at a few short nucleotide polymorphisms and getting as
much data out of your genetic material as possible. And it’s only getting better
and better. They do frequently update their system with new information. Right
now the latest information provides you with your likelihood of developing type
2 diabetes for example, or familial hypercholesterolemia. And if that’s
something what you’re looking for then by all means go ahead and get this service done,
but if you’re really concerned about certain genetic conditions and your
chances of developing it then I would personally strongly recommend you get a
proper genetic test done for that specific purpose. Go to the doctors and
explain why you want a certain genetic test done for let’s say breast cancer.
SNPs, although they are reliable to a certain extent, they do not give you the
complete information. You’re not looking at your full genome or even the full
genes that are associated with certain cancers or certain disorders. So that’s
something you should always keep in mind when you’re looking at 23andMe service.
And one more thing that I really want to stress is the fact that 23andMe is
basically a data company. It’s a company that collects and processes information.
So 23andMe uses third-party laboratories to analyze your data. When you spit in a
bottle and send that spit it’s actually a third-party laboratory that analyzes
your data and sends that SNP information to 23andMe, which is the only company that can
identify that sample as belonging to you. And 23andMe does seem to go through a lot
of steps to ensure that your privacy or your information isn’t leaked and this
is something that’s really crucial in a modern-day environment.
No matter what 23andMe tells you it’s a data company and all data companies
can be hacked. If not today then there will always be a way in the future when
it can be hacked. And one more thing that you might not be aware of is that the
CEO and co-founder of 23andme is Anne Wojcicki and Anne Wojcicki is the wife of Sergey Brin. In terms of the greatest strength of
23andMe’s service I would say it’s the list of disorders that you can find out
how likely you are to develop today or in the future based on your SNP data. So
overall I would say that the ancestry feature of 23andMe has not been
useful at all for me. I’m getting more and more second cousins that are doing
23andMe and who are picked up by the platform. And the platform tells me when
it has detected someone who might be a relatively close family member of mine.
And the Neanderthal feature I would say is completely useless – it didn’t give me
anything useful for me to know. At the end of the day it’s the disorders and my
traits that were quite interesting to find out. Make sure you buy exactly the
right package for the services that you’re looking for from 23andMe. And
that’s it from my side. I hope you enjoyed this episode. Make sure you also
check out my previous episode if you haven’t done that, and I’ll see you next
time!

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