September 7, 2011

Popular Personal Genome Services, Personal DNA Scan

Are you curious about your ancestry? Are you curious whether you are at risk for certain health conditions, such as thinning hair, high blood pressure, diabetes etc? Are you ready to share your saliva?  Then use a personal genome service to analyze your DNA and get some answers. An overview of popular Personal Genome Services is below, all of which analyze the DNA from your saliva.

DNA sequencing services have tremendous potential for detection and cure of health conditions … but in the long term. DNA sequencing has already seen success by saving a life. At $29,000 per genome, the cost to sequence a genome is still very high and out of reach for most people. Personal Genome services, costing several hundred dollars, make it affordable for individuals to get their genome sequenced. It is not full genome sequencing but will provide basic answers such as a person’s ancestry and screening for common health conditions.

A list of popular Personal Genome Services

23andMe is one of the top Personal Genome Services. 23andMe offers two options –
  • a $100 + $10/month plan, where they keep a copy of your DNA sample and send you alerts as more information about your DNA is discovered.
  • A $400 plan, for a one-time sequencing of your genome.

Lumigenix costs $480 and checks your genome for ancestry and for 81 health conditions, 10 genetic traits such as arthiritis, asthma, kidney disease, cancer, performance IQ etc.

DecodeMe costs $1,100 and scans your genome for forty-seven health conditions – such as heart attack, cancer, diabetes, lactose intolerance, baldness etc.

i-Gene based in Russia costs RUB 45,000 (about $1,500) for a health and ancestry scan.

MyGene23 with a tagline of Personal Genome Specialist is a 23andMe copy from China. A full genome wide scan costs CNY 50,000 (about $7,800). Scans for specific systems, such as cardivascular, costs CNY 5,000 (about $780).

FamilyTreeDNA only offers DNA scans for ancestry. For $290, they will find your relatives within the last 5 generations. Of course, many others have to share their DNA samples for them to build your family tree, the chances of which happening are very low.