Created: Wed, 21 Dec 2011 09:49:00 EST
Updated: Mon, 06 May 2013 02:05:42 EST
I previously shared with you the secrets i learned about my health and ancestry from a genetic testing company.
Jeff Cox is learning that his small saliva sample could hold the secrets to his past and his future.
Joanna Mountain/23andMe: " The technology has made it possible to give people access to a million points in their genome, and that was certainly not possible five years ago. We can do that for a couple of hundred dollars."
Senior Director of Research Dr. Joanna Mountain says this genetic feat is through 23andMe, a gene-testing company backed by Google Inc. 23andMe used Jeff's sample to identify and interpret more than one million genetic markers to determine his ancestry and estimate his predisposition for more than 200 traits including his odds of developing cancer, having a heart attack or stroke and going blind.
Jeff Cox: I am 100 European. My ancestors were some of the earliest arrivals to Europe. My ancestry is mostly from notthern Europe, mostly the United Kingdom
Jeff also learned more about his family's ancestry, and heard health information he would not have known about that could help change the way he he takes care of his health.
If I were a smoker, I would be a two pack a day smoker. I am also at increased risk for lung cancer, so the two of them together wouldnot be a good thing.
Joanna Mountain: One thing people get is stories about themselves, and they learn so much about themselves and they learn things that could be valuable health information.
Jeff's results also show he is not a carrier for any major disease and is at a decreased risk for Parkinsons and Alzheimer's
He is at an increased risk for coronary heart disease and will use this information to be more heart healthy.
23 andMe results are delivered online and you can choose to connect with new relatives or keep them private. For more information, visit www.23andMe.com