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New Family History tool to Debut

Posted Mar 03 2009 2:51pm

It's as if everyone in the technology land had been hearing my cries!

"Family history is the cheapest and the best whole genome scan we have!!"


With the potential in ancestry companies to turn their tools into family history gathering machines we are now seeing a big shift in focus from merely ancestry to ancestry AND medical history. One great tool that is coming comes from a website calledItRunsInMyFamily.com

And like every self respecting entrepreneur looking to boost SEO, theyhave started a blog.

But what's even better, theybeat me to the punchwhen comparing genetic testing versusfamily history...

They pit them head to head.....

From the blog:


Breadth of Diseases
Over6,000 known single-gene disorders.(This does not include multi-factorial diseases) “Every human disease has a genetic component.”


Family History: Can track an unlimited number of diseases. Any disease that has an inherited or genetic component can be listed on a family health history.


Genetic Tests: ~1,000clinically relevantgenetic tests available today. Most are for single-gene disorders, few adequate genetic tests are available for multi-factorial diseases. Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing services (# of diseases): 23andMe (26), deCODEme (35), Navigenics (23), Myriad BRCA (2).


ADVANTAGE: Family History


The result?




The Sherpa Says: with all of these fly by night and limited clinical utility genotech companies out there, it is sure nice to see someone with good business AND Clinical sense!!!
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