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FTDNA create a site for Medical Aspects of Sequencing

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  • FTDNA create a site for Medical Aspects of Sequencing

    I've read (and heard on the news) that more and more DNA mapping sites are offering the ability to receive their known medical aspects and implications of doing one's gene-work. In my case mtDNA, FGS.
    I would to like to know what's available to be found about disease, illness and other medical issues. I know there are a few familial conditions on my mother's side and I want to know whether or not to prepare every way I can for what might be in my genetic future.
    But I don't want to start from scratch at a place like 23andme, where they've drastically dropped their prices recently. I feel as though I've already spent that amount (more) right here at Family Tree DNA. I would like FTDNA to make an optional site where those of us who want the medical information can get it.
    I spent time and money here for both my brother and myself and I think we should be able to access here what other state-of-the-art sites are offering for the prices we've already paid.

    Unless there is a place where I can take my results to interpret what I'm looking for, I'll probably leave FTDNA and take my dollars elsewhere.
    Last edited by radio1; 27 October 2008, 10:21 PM.

  • #2
    The data that is searched for & reported by Family Tree DNA is very meaningful from a genealogical perspective, but the vast bulk of it (maybe all of it) is medically meaningless, because the markers found are in "junk DNA" that doesn't code for anything.

    The only exception might be the full sequence of mitochondria result & I agree, it would be nice if this could be made available for interpretation by medical experts.

    Timothy Peterman


    • #3
      Dr. Ann Turner offers an analysis of FGS for medical implications ([email protected]) that is reported to be a good value, and there is a public site where one can check-out one's coding region mutations (lost the addy). Basically, if one had a mitochondria-related syndrome one would likely KNOW ALL ABOUT IT without FGS as the most serious mitichondria-related syndromes are very serious indeed.


      • #4
        other websites for medical problems

        Some time ago I bumped into the subject on some other website; possibly ISOGG. Such as migraines for U5, and also still-born deliveries may have also been attributed to U5.