Today marks the 66th anniversary of the discovery of DNA’s double helix. It happens to coincide with one of our Engineers’ waiting for his results from a popular DNA testing brand. We asked him to explain his decision…
I decided to get my DNA tested for a number of reasons.
- This might be a post rationalisation but I’ve attended a number of health-related conferences where I have heard about the wonders of personalised and precision healthcare, and how it surely is the future.
- I’ve been listening to podcasts on the impact of ‘biological variability’ and know that my body will react differently to a certain diet than the next person. Being healthy is a constant aspiration of mine so surely any insight that might improve my health is worth a shot, right?
- The underlying truth is that however I try to rationalise the £149 purchase from 23andMe, the real driving force was just plain curiosity.
At the end of the month I’ll be receiving 125+ reports about my ancestry and health based on a saliva sample I sent off to Canada roughly 6 weeks ago. According to the website, the clever people in the labs will be able to detect whether I am a genetic risk for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, determine what time in the morning I should be naturally waking up, and whether I am more or less likely to be scared of heights, among other things.