Sounds like a good idea.
I would encourage people to research a bit before they use 23 and me simply because by using their services everyone has to click a box at checkout that gives them the right to use your dna, it becomes part of their property.
23 and me is now entering into pharmaceutical development since they own a wealth of dna data.
Then there was the designer baby scandal.
If a person isn't comfortable signing off right to privacy of their dna, there is Family Finder who will do the test, then you can load your profile into another site that will read your genetic propensity for disease, well as much as we know at this time.
I recommend Roberta Estes blog titled "DNA Explained". She has written at length about the various tests, the companies, and their limitations.
23 and Me also only keeps your specimen at their facility for a length of 1- 10 years, which is very helpful to know.
They do inform you that by registering and sending in your specimen, they have the capacity to send you surveys, and so forth; however, I am doing this because my own doctor has designed software to utilize the information from 23 and Me into his own practise which is specializing in genetic regeneration through nutrition - not manipulation of genetic material. I put my faith in God that I am not part of a designer baby scandal, but instead, if there's some rarity or irregularity, I will be part of something that will enable further study of genetic algorithms.
But then again, I don't think at all that I will be that "special" for that kind of study.
The Incorporeal Powers, of course, are exempt from such kinds of testing as they are already perfect, and Bodiless.
The Theotokos, too, is exempt......because she's already assumed into the Heaven of Heavens......(must be a wonderful feeling to be so whole.)
However.......I wonder what would happen in the case of the Biblical Nepthalim, if they were still walking around and could give a saliva sample
...and, if Elijah comes back.........pardon if I'm doing some Apocryphal messing with people's heads! ....it would turn into something off the cover of a Sci - Fi Novel, huh. And worse than a designer baby scandal.
But I'm glad the good Angelic powers are out there, every day, to influence the thoughts of researchers.
Yes, thank God for the good Angelic powers.
Sorry my reply earlier was short. I was typing from a phone during a work break, and getting marmalade all over everything.
I hope you get some useful information from your testing.
I was just making a general statement that there really is more to it than just signing up with one of these companies, the big ones being:
You can have your autosomal DNA profiled, and different companies have differing amounts of DNA they actually process (sorry my geneticist jargon is lacking here). And every single site might give you a differing haplogroup profile. It's not so cut and dry.
I wasn't trying to convey that 23andMe is trying to create Frankenstein, just that there may be more to joining these places than meets the eye.
You don't know how your information will be sold or used down the road. Mergers happen all the time, and even the FDA has had some interest in this topic, which is why 23andMe stopped doing the health profiling for awhile.
People can also have an autosomal test done at Family Tree and then enter into Promothease, which as I understand it, the results are deleted right away. You print them out or download (not sure which since I haven't done it yet).
There have been questions of morals and ethics since they were first starting to map the human genome.
As I watch certain business trends, I see millions of R&D pharmaceutical money suddenly being poured into 23andMe, who are sitting on a gold mine of information, for which they charge every person for, and they capitalize on the other side using people's DNA to buy into the Big Pharma arena.
I think the issue Roberta Estes has, in her excellent blog, is that Ancestry and 23andMe are a bit deceitful, and they don't give any option at all to completely opt out of their retention of your genetic information.
See her latest December 2015 blog on the recent shake up (again) at 23andMe: Heads Up about the 23andMe Meltdown
You might want to have a read there because it sounds as though there is a significant risk that your information will not be available to you in the near future. Lots of scandals with this company.
I'm not an avid Science Fiction fan, but it doesn't take a lot of imagination to see how insurance companies might reap a big profit by getting their hands on this type of information. And stranger things have happened.
Just wanted to offer a word of caution, because I was just going to rush in and order a test, but then thought again. A lot of Amazon reviews raved about Ancestry, but really it's just a kind of dumbed down results format that people find easier to navigate.
It also depends on what a person is looking for. Genealogists have different motivations than someone looking for health information, etc.
People who are looking for possible relative matches due to being removed from their family of origin may want to test with all the sites because they will get results from the site that also tested their relative (no guarantee of that happening).
And then there is God. We can chase health directives from doctors, but God will say how long we live in this life. We are here to do a bit for God, to do our part, then hopefully return home.
Oh yeah, and to add, you can also have one company run your DNA then submit your results at Family Tree for a small fee to try to find genetic matches.
It's worth doing some research before jumping into it.
And I also read that the state of NY doesn't allow this testing. That was in 2013. Not sure what the state is doing now. They would simply throw the tests out when they came through the mail apparently, which seems like breaking a Federal law or something. Very strange.