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DNA Testing and Privacy (Behind the scenes at the 23andMe Lab)

“I was concerned about what actually happens with my genetic information when submitted to 23andMe, so when they approached me and asked me if I wanted to make a video I decided to investigate it top to bottom. Visiting the Lab and learning that their data is contractually isolated from the sample and the fact that it’s not the entire DNA sequence being sent to 23andMe headquarters passed my smell test and satisfied my privacy concerns. My wife spoke with professors and industry leaders from around the country and learned about the benefits of a future of medicine based on genomics. My wife, Dr. Lamb, and 23andMe all independently stressed the importance of understanding exactly what the results of the health genotype testing mean by consulting your (well informed) doctor. In a nutshell, the results don’t provide deterministic results, but a probablistic indicator based on historical data. Many other factors play a huge role in how your body works.”

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