SILICON VALLEY, CA — Genetic testing can be important for patients who want to know more about their risk for cancer Awareness is an issue but for many people, cost is the biggest concern.
There is a new startup company that offers low-cost genetic testing you can do at home.
Welcome to the “new” world of genetic testing. Kits are available and go to a lab in Silicon Valley. The name of the company is “23 and Me.”
They have a simple goal when it comes to your health.
“Bringing genetic information to the everyday person,” says Emily Drabant, PhD.
And they do it with a test. No insurance hoops to jump through and no major expense. The test is $99.
In return you get personal information you can act on.
Emily Drabant, PhD says, “You might find a risk. [Find] tests I need to do for this. [You can make] decisions about your health. You’ll be your own best advocate.”
“23 and Me,” named after the 23 pairs of chromosomes in a typical human cell, launched its test back in 2007 costing close to a thousand dollars.
Now, as the price has dropped, the amount of information they can find has gone way up. And the more information you have, they say, the smarter you can be about your future.
“I think if more people take advantage of genetic testing, they’re in a position to prioritize their healthcare, if people knew their own specific risks and resiliencies, they have more choices, and improve their own healthcare and wellness,” says Emily Drabant.
We are learning about ourselves one test at a time.
Scott Budman Reporting