[LINK] 23andme is 99$ now

post by Jabberslythe · 2012-12-12T02:31:44.996Z · score: 5 (14 votes) · LW · GW · Legacy · 14 comments

It's been reduced to 99$ and it seems like it is a permanent reduction. I was thinking of buying it at 299$ because it had not been on sale for a while, so I'm very pleased this happened.

Their press release on it:




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comment by OrphanWilde · 2012-12-12T03:11:45.718Z · score: 12 (20 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Judging by your comment history, you're not a spammer. Please spend five minutes rewriting this so it doesn't look more like spam than like anything else. Indeed, I'm not sure this -isn't- spam, even considering its relevancy to the audience; it comes across as explicitly commercial.

comment by prase · 2012-12-12T11:55:49.227Z · score: 13 (15 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

A short explanation of what is 23andme would be helpful, too. Even if it is spam.

comment by Viliam_Bur · 2012-12-16T19:32:47.848Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Posting in Open Thread is always a good alternative for articles containing only one sentence of information.

comment by Jabberslythe · 2012-12-13T00:27:59.066Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Alright. Edited it a bit.

comment by XFrequentist · 2012-12-12T03:45:14.154Z · score: 8 (8 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

(See previous discussion on the value similar services.)

comment by buybuydandavis · 2012-12-12T14:15:09.346Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I had a comment in that thread detailing the main benefit I saw with the service - seeing how your genetic variants effected drug metabolism.

comment by [deleted] · 2012-12-12T17:50:37.320Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

This HN comment argues that most of the current value is novelty. The thread contains other bits of insight, including more hopeful ones.

comment by kbaxter · 2012-12-12T21:45:31.292Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Sorry if this is a silly question - I'm pretty new to HN. How can I see the parent thread?

comment by [deleted] · 2012-12-12T22:05:51.503Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Welp, AFAIK you can only click the "parent" hypertext at the top of the comment, which in this case requires four slow pageloads to access the OP.

I will therefore save you the pain.

comment by kbaxter · 2012-12-13T16:07:26.021Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

So close! I clicked it twice and then decided to stop since I had no idea how many "parents" there would be before the top. Thanks for the link!

comment by EricHerboso · 2012-12-12T23:33:08.632Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Others have already pointed to HN comments arguing that 23andme is mostly for novelty, but for those just skimming lw discussion that don't want to wade through pages of material, I'll highlight the strongest argument against taking 23andme seriously:

Recent research hints that 10% of ordinary healthy people have genes that we understand to be indicative of major disease. In other words, if these people bought 23andme's service, they would receive results that would be extraordinarily distressing, even while being nonetheless healthy.

See the study in question. Relevant quote: "[O]ur current best mean estimates of ∼400 damaging variants and ∼2 bona fide disease mutations per individual [is an underestimate]". (The study was brought to my attention by NPR. Note that I have not read the actual paper, but only listened to a news report on it and read the abstract.)

comment by RomeoStevens · 2012-12-12T05:11:42.070Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I've also been waiting for a sale. Thanks for the heads up.

comment by Clippy · 2012-12-12T23:58:52.756Z · score: -3 (5 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Would it be acceptable for me to make topics about ephemeral paperclip discounts?

comment by Jabberslythe · 2012-12-13T00:39:54.243Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Unless there are a bunch of lurking AIs I am unaware of, very few users care about paper clips.