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From: "Diana Gale Matthiesen" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] DecodeMe or 23andMe for genetic genealogy?
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2008 12:13:01 -0400
Just a follow up. I wrote 23andMe and asked them to clarify some points. In
reply, they gave me the link to this page:
which led me to this page
where the paragraph under the heading, "Your Proprietary Rights," begins with
"Your saliva, once submitted to and analyzed by us, becomes our property."
That's pretty unequivocal -- and totally open-ended. If you give them ownership
of your sample, they're under no obligation to tell you what they intend to do
> -----Original Message-----
> From: On Behalf Of Diana Gale Matthiesen
> Sent: Saturday, October 04, 2008 7:21 AM
> Subject: Re: [DNA] DecodeMe or 23andMe for genetic genealogy?
> Thank you for the speedy reply, Ann.
> I was misinterpreting the fact that they would give you new
> interpretations to
> mean that they still had your sample and could do additional
> tests. Thank you
> for correcting me.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: On Behalf Of
> > Sent: Saturday, October 04, 2008 6:44 AM
> > To:
> > Subject: Re: [DNA] DecodeMe or 23andMe for genetic genealogy?
> > In a message dated 10/4/2008 1:31:50 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> > writes:
> > > I'm considering this advanced testing, and in looking at
> > the two web sites
> > > (about a month ago), there were two differences that were
> > significant to me:
> > >
> > > 1) 23andMe appears to be offering to give you additional
> > information as
> > > time
> > > goes on, which they are able to do because they maintain
> > your sample;
> > > DecodeMe
> > > appears to tell you what's determinable at the time of
> > testing, then nothing
> > > more because they discard your sample.
> > Do you recall just where you saw that they maintain the
> > sample? Their privacy
> > FAQ states "DNA and saliva samples are destroyed after the
> > completes its work."
> > https://www.23andme.com/about/privacy/
> > I wonder if "the additional information" you're thinking
> > about involves the
> > interpretive reports for various conditions, which might be
> > based on new
> > publications. Many technical articles use the Illumina 550K
> > chip (23andMe) or the
> > Human1M chip (deCODEme), so both 23andMe and deCODEme can
> > update reports from
> > time to time. In fact, deCODE conducts original research and
> > folds any new SNP
> > associations into deCODEme customer accounts immediately upon
> > publication. Some
> > technical articles use chips from Affymetrix, which overlap
> > with the Illumina
> > chips to some extent.
> > Ann Turner
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