Endo-DNA Testing Company – June 25, 2020

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In doing research for DNA testing options for COVID-19 response, I came across this article – https://www.greenentrepreneur.com/article/352231. I was not familiar with Endo-DNA. They offer two ways to do a test. Upload your results from one of several DNA companies or purchase a test from them. It’s cheaper to do the upload by a fair amount. I checked out the link they sent me: https://mydna.live/. The cost to upload was $49.95, but if you did an upload of your raw data from 23andMe, FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA), AncestryDNA, or MyHeritageDNA, they offered a special deal for $39.95.

Again, my problem with the results tends to be the use of one marker in determining your results. This seems to be a systemic problem with many scientific or medical studies dealing with health-related DNA results. Either one marker or a handful of markers are used. In general, the more rare a condition is, the more likely a lot more markers should be looked at. A great example is BRCA for breast cancer. At least 1,000 markers are known to be potentially involved in BRCA, but most companies only look at a handful, often 5 or less, of these markers. That’s irresponsible in my opinion. If you aren’t testing for 1,000 known markers and only testing 5 or fewer markers, you are either easing fears or causing fears unnecessarily.

It’s only a matter of time before someone sues one or more of these DNA companies that are using too few markers to make estimates of your likelihood of being at risk for medical risk. Plus, there is no guarantee if they test all of the markers that you will get or not get a medical condition. Many people never get a medical condition, but have enough markers they are a carrier of the condition. In Kansas, there are certain metabolic conditions tested for shortly after birth. Here’s the list of 32 metabolic conditions tested: https://www.babysfirsttest.org/newborn-screening/states/kansas.

 

About ICT Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's collaborateDealspotr.com
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