On another note - ever used a social networking tool such as facebook and asked yourself "Who else is pre-disposed to prostate cancer??"
Well, look no further. There is a startup called 23AndMe that will profile your DNA for $1k. In '08 they will be wrapping social networking functionality around it - and all I can say is "Vierd".
While it is cool to have your DNA analyzed to find out interesting things about you never easily accessed before, I'm not sold on the social networking angle. Perhaps that's tossed in there to sell the VC's - "Did They Say SOCIAL NETWORKING?? FUND IT NOW!"
I'm thinking of doing it - but there are privacy implications. Also, if I do, it would probably be in the summer when they have expanded their capabilities in analysis.
Further - what is the impact? Wired says it best:
To act on this data, we first need to understand it. That means the companies must translate the demanding argot of genetics — alleles and phenotypes and centromeres — into something approachable, even simple, for physicians and laypersons alike. It's one thing for a doctor to tell patients that smoking is bad for them, or that their cholesterol count is high. But how are you supposed to react when you're told you have a genetic variation at rs6983267 that's been associated with a 20 percent higher risk of colorectal cancer? And what are physicians, most likely untrained in and unprepared for genomic medicine, to do when a patient comes in wielding a printout that indicates a particular variation of a particular gene?
What's also "interesting" is sites like Scientific Match - use your DNA to profile potential matches.