Personal genetic sequencing could potentially unlock the treatment and cures of our gravest ills, such as cancer, make us aware of the probability of acquiring certain diseases, and provide personal customized medications that work better and faster. There are 6 billion letters in every person’s two strands of DNA and the race is on to identify and understand each of those letters and how they may interact to make each of us.
We are providing vendors both for under $100 (click on the banners on the left):
1) 23andme, which offers a “spit kit” that you receive in the mail and send back;
- Note: 23andme does not test for Type B at this (it does test for Type A); however, if you go into the raw data and search the SMPD1 gene you will see a hole in your DNA. Please contact us with any questions
2) The Einstein Victor Center, which tests for the 19 rare Ashkenazi Jewish diseases through various clinics throughout the U.S.
Additionally, the following vendor provides testing (we are currently working on getting vendors across the US):
3) Program for Jewish Genetic Health, is the leading place for Jews in the New York Metropolitan area to be screened for less than $100. They are a joint initiative of Yeshiva University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the genetic screening program is run through the Division of Reproductive Genetics at Montefiore Medical Center/Einstein. The website is
Currently, the science may not tell us everything we want to know. It may not be completely accurate or we may choose to believe it is not accurate due to prior biases. But it may pull together a piece of the puzzle of our ancestry and/or our genetic code. It may make us aware of the probability that we may contract prostate or breast cancer. It may provide us the means to take preventative action to save our lives.
My wife and I have done 23andme and the Victor Center. The Victor Center provided us the mutated genes in our bodies that impacted our daughter and, hopefully, 23andme uncovers our ancestry as well. 23andme tests most Jewish genetic diseases but does not test all the genes.
*Disclaimer – You may want to treat your genetic sequencing as confidential information. Future implications of the probability of your health or mutations you may carry may hold unforeseen complications (e.g. insurance, economic, etc.). We are in no way recommending you get your genetics tested but providing you affordable options. We are in no way soliciting on behalf of 23andme and The Einstein Victor Center; however, we do receive 5% of all sales purchased through our link with 23andme.
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