Tuesday, December 11, 2012

23andMe Drops Genetic Testing Price to $99

Today the genetic testing company 23andMe announced in a press release that a $50 million investment as well as the dropping cost of genetic tests has allowed it to drop the cost of its genetic testing to $99. Previously, the company would occasionally have sales to drop the price of the testing, but its non-sale price was in the hundreds of dollars.

My 2010 testing kit from 23andMe.
I am personally a big fan of 23andMe. I took advantage of a $99 sale in 2010 to get my genetic results, and I detailed what I found out in this blog post. 23andMe provides information on disease risk, medication response, and even ancestry - you can trace your maternal or paternal (if you are male) line back hundreds of years.

23andMe has two tests related to hearing loss. One tests for Connexin-26-Related Sensorineural Hearing Loss (I found out I am a carrier, but it's not necessarily the cause of my deafness). The other tests for Pendred Syndrome, a hereditary condition which is characterized by deafness (I don't know about this one, although I doubt it, because I need to upgrade my account, which I plan to do soon).

Hopefully this new price will enable many more people to learn about their genetic history - or even a little bit about their ancestry.

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