@alloverthemap Genetic counselors have a great deal of expertise for some many of the issues people are talking about on this thread. How to find one? National Society of Genetic Counselors: http://www.nsgc.org/findageneticcounselor/tabid/64/default.aspx
@MollyculeTheory Agreed - the 23andme test is not a replacement at all for the more expensive BRCA analysis offered by Myriad. Also: Genetic Information Non Discrimination Act, a federal law that provides protections against genetic discrimination in health insurance and employment. http://www.geneticalliance.org/ginaresource.impact
2 things: What 23andMe.com offers in no way whatsoever is a replacement for the actual BRCA analysis. They look at three variants that are related to BRCA mutations - but they are very clear they are not the same! If anything came up on the 23andMe, they would tell you to get the BRCA testing. Also, the subject of genetic discrimination and pre-existing conditions - there is a new federal law, signed in 2008 called the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA). It provides people protection from genetic discrimination in the areas of employment and health insurance. More here: www.dnapolicy.org and http://www.geneticalliance.org/ginaresource
Right - there was a mistranslation. He is not looking for volunteers. A great screaming headline, but not the whole story.