FDA had asked 23andme to stop its direct-to-consumer genetic testing and as a result 23andme has issued the following statement:
After discussion with officials from the Food and Drug Administration today, 23andMe will comply with the FDA’s directive and stop offering new consumers access to health-related genetic tests while the company moves forward with the agency’s regulatory review processes.
Customers who purchased kits on or after the FDA’s warning letter of November 22nd will not have access to health-related results. Those customers will have access to ancestry-related genetic information and their raw data without 23andMe’s interpretation of that data. They may receive health-related results in the future, depending on FDA marketing authorization.
Customers who purchased kits before November 22, 2013 will continue to have access to all the reports they’ve always had.
While I am disappointed at this turn of events, for our project it does not change much since 23andme will still provide raw data downloads as well as ancestry information.
Due to various reasons and to avoid hassle for myself, I'll no longer accept any Romany/Roma/Gypsy to the project.
Things have been very busy in meatspace in recent months, but I am finally back.
While the submission of data from new participants has really slowed, the release of new software continues unabated. I hope to try some of them (ALDER, MULTIMIX, ADMIXTOOLS, etc.) out and report anything interesting here.
Another disappointment has been the 1000genomes South Asian data which is still nowhere to be seen.
However, 23andme has reduced its regular price to $99 which should induce some of you to test and participate.
The Genographic Project has finally gotten into autosomal testing. If you are South Asian and have received their Geno 2.0 results, I would be interested in your raw data so that I can check how many SNPs it has in common with HarappaWorld.
23andme has a $50 off coupon sale for three days. Here's the email I got from them:
Visiting family this summer? Are they part of 23andMe? Take advantage of our summer discount: $50 OFF each kit you purchase. This offer expires in 3 days (11:59PM PDT, Sunday August 12, 2012).
To use this code, visit our online store and add an order to your cart. Click "I have a discount code" and enter the code below.
$50 off Discount code: VMQ6KG
FTDNA is having a sale on its DNA tests till July 15, 2012.
Their autosomal test, Family Finder, which can be submitted to Harappa Ancestry Project, is on sale for $199 instead of a regular price of $289.
In addition, their mtDNA and Y-DNA products are also discounted till end of day July 15.
Now that I have DIY HarappaWorld out, I am changing the participation requirements a little bit with somewhat different requirements for South Asians compared to other regions.
If you have any real ancestry from a South Asian origin, you are eligible to participate. Partial South Asian ancestry is okay. The list of countries of origin I count as South Asian are as follows:
- Sri Lanka
Note that 2-3% South Asian from Dr. McDonald's BGA or Dodecad Project does not count as South Asian ancestry.
If you have all four of your grandparents from one of the following countries or regions, you can also send me your data.
- Uyghur from Xinjiang, China
- North Caucasian Federal District, Russia
Relatives will only be accepted when they are a better replacement for current participants. For example, replacing a participant by his/her parents or his maternal uncle and paternal aunt gets us two unrelated participants (assuming, of course, that the two sides of the family are not related by blood). Another example could be if a participant is of partial South Asian ancestry and they get replaced by a relative who has more South Asian ancestry.
Everyone else can use DIY HarappaWorld. It's fairly easy to use on both Windows and Linux. The only hard part right now is that you have to install R to standardize your genome file. I might look into creating an executable for that to make it easier.
Finally, please be honest.
I am pretty lenient when it comes to participation in the Harappa Ancestry Project. I accept almost all comers, even those with no connection to South Asia and neighboring regions.
While I ask about ethnic background, I don't release it publicly unless I have consent from the participant.
I do expect a few things from project participants. One is that they will be honest about the information they share with me.
I see no need for anyone to lie about their ethnicity. It's better just to withhold that information if you are so concerned.
There is also no reason not to tell me if you have a close relative participating since I do accept data from relatives (with the proviso that only unrelated samples can be included in most analyses). It's possible that you might not know that a 1st or 2nd degree relative is already in the project. That's not a problem; knowing a relative is in the project and not telling me is.
Also if you send me genomes that are 95% identical (IBS2: 849,145 SNPs) under different names, I will know. And I will remove you from the project.
23andme has a discount just for today, according to Twitter and Facebook:
Happy Cyber Monday From 23andMe! Today only $25 Off Our Personal Genome Service®. Offer ends 12pm PST Click Here: bit.ly/uiuxbY
It says it ends at
12pm PST which is at noon on the US west coast. So you'll have to move fast if you want to get it.
Also, Harappa Ancestry Project is just two submissions away from 200 participants.
Just thought I would show you how quickly I was getting data earlier in the year and how it has slowed down now. This shows the number of days it took to get 10 samples.
As you can see, data submission has picked up a little recently.
I got an email from 23andme for a $50 off coupon. The coupon code is YCM48E. So you can use this coupon code to reduce the price of a 23andme test from $99 to $49.
Here's the email:
Want to prove that your parents are to blame for your sleeping-in gene? Or are you simply curious if your best friend is in fact a distant relative, which may explain your mutual love for jellybeans and basset hounds? 23andMe allows you to compare your DNA with friends and family so that you can make fun and interesting discoveries together.
Get your friends and family on board with this $50 coupon. Share it with as many people as you like, but remember that this coupon expires in 7 days (August 9, 2011).
The 23andMe Team
To use this coupon, visit our online store and add an order to your cart. Click "I have a discount code" and enter the code below.
Coupon code: YCM48E
Share with your friends!
(Valid for new customers only)
Again the coupon code is YCM48E for $50 off till August 9, 2011.