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23andMe is a Personal Genome Service (PGS) that started marketing in the UK December 2nd 2014. The test costs £125.
Customers provide a saliva sample which is analysed by partial SNP Genotyped.
SNP genotyping is the measurement of genetic variations of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) between members of a species. It is a form of genotyping, which is the measurement of more general genetic variation.
The UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) says the 23andMe spit test, which is designed to give details about a person's health risks based on their DNA, can be used with caution.
The UK Department of Health set up Genomics England 100,000 Genomes Project.
Several competitors to 23andMe here.
Published on 25 Jun 2014
With new technologies we can now examine the whole of a person's DNA -- their genome -- quicker and cheaper than ever before. In this video, Vivienne Parry OBE introduces the fundamentals of genomics and its growing importance for healthcare. Health Education England is developing a substantial education programme to inform healthcare professionals about the impact of genomics on clinical practice. This video is the first educational resource from the programme.