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In researching the archives and such, I've noticed a number of references to genetic testing services but no definitive list of service providers. Thus, I'd like to start a thread here for the purpose of compiling such a list.
Anyone who has used a direct-to-consumer genetic testing firm, would you please post the name of the firm, its website address (URL) and any other relevant information about it and/or its services so others who are considering genetic testing can have a single resource thread by which to reference and, hopefully, benefit from the knowledge gained by your experience? Thanks in advance for your input.
Just as most good things have some negative affiliations, in the spirit of caveat emptor, the following link provides access to the full text (PDF) of GAO-10-847T, testimony given on July 22, 2010, by the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) before the United States Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives).
The GAO performed an accountability, integrity and reliability investigation into a number of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing firms and, as a result of its investigation, found that "misleading test results are further complicated by deceptive marketing and other questionable practices. So, just as with any important purchase, ask all the hard questions first ... before handing over your money.
Quoted from GAO-10-847T
In 2006, GAO investigated companies selling direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests and testified that these companies made medically unproven disease predictions. Although new companies have since been touted as being more reputable — TIME named one company’s test 2008’s "invention of the year" — experts remain concerned that the test results mislead consumers. GAO was asked to investigate DTC genetic tests currently on the market and the advertising methods used to sell these tests.
GAO purchased 10 tests each from four companies, for $299 to $999 per test. GAO then selected five donors and sent two DNA samples from each donor to each company: one using factual information about the donor and one using fictitious information, such as incorrect age and race or ethnicity. After comparing risk predictions that the donors received for 15 diseases, GAO made undercover calls to the companies seeking health advice. GAO did not conduct a scientific study but instead documented observations that could be made by any consumer. To assess whether the tests provided any medically useful information, GAO consulted with genetics experts. GAO also interviewed representatives from each company. To investigate advertising methods, GAO made undercover contact with 15 DTC companies, including the four tested, and asked about supplement sales, test reliability and privacy policies. GAO again consulted with experts about the veracity of the claims.
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Anyone who has used a direct-to-consumer genetic testing firm, would you please post the name of the firm, its website address (URL) and any other relevant information about it and/or its services so others who are considering genetic testing can have a single resource thread by which to reference and, hopefully, benefit from the knowledge gained by your experience? T
Most peoplle on the forums use National Geographic or 23 & Me.
I have used both. 23 & Me provides vastly more data.
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If you decide to get genetic testing done you can enter the Haplogroup information into SWAMI, leads to more food shifts than switching from Western to Northern European etc
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I just got back my tests about being an explorere and really I don't know what to say... they're going to make me belief that I can take allopathic medications but my own experience showed me... that I can't have them at all.... So those are in Austria... don't have any correlation to american firms... but might be the same fraudulent-moneymaking fubas' as others might be as well Next: all can be tested and they just test à l'improviste...coz I saw that the normal painkillers like paracetamol and others weren't tested... nor any anaesthetica...... must say... yup I feel a bit betrayed but perhaps should we ask before comeing along with such tests... I'm going to write them soon and will ask them directly what about those results might be..COZ...they marked in little letters: disclaimer...all can be also taken in the contrary way... what does mean this right now ... ..... all was explained very vaguement and yup I am merely upset about myselve to have done this test for about 500 Swiss Francs.... Now I've found out another system which is muchmore less costy and seems even better and clearer in explanations.... and then also have I found a german Professor which makes other genetic tests as those do....... I'll keep you informed