Nothing seems to be going right for DeCode Genetics, the Icelandic personal genomics firm that declared bankruptcy last month. In an attempt to win customers from its Californian rival, 23andMe, DeCode has offered free analyses for anyone who uploads their 23andMe data onto its website - only to produce mangled interpretations for genetic ancestry.
More alarming, from my point of view, the company also suggested that I have a 40 per cent lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer's disease - which if didn't know better thanks to previous scrutiny of my own DNA, would have been a devastating thing to learn.
Clearly what is needed is a standardized format. If deCodeMe is really going to push this business model (someone else generates, we analyze), then they should be pushing for a standard. But in any case, the academic world should be hammering one down (a) so that it is neutral and not biased for or against any platform or party and (b) because generating new genetic interpreters (ala SNP-o-matic) will probably be a bioinformatics ore seam for quite a few years hence.
I couldn't agree more
I wouldn't be surprised if 23 did this intentionally to mess their shiznit up. Nelson laugh, ha ha, the bankrupt and about-to-be-bankrupt company messing with each other.
Here is my prediction: Risk of Death 100% with or without Alzheimer's.
I am a 23andMe customer and have posted my data to deCODEme. I take both companies predictions as predictions, nothing more. Not quite crystal ball gazing but not far off. Those SNPs tested are not genes, are mostly repetitious nucleotides of no meaning, junk pure and simple. They have been found to indicate the way certain genes function or malfunction, an association, but no where near 100%. I have the SNP which predicts brown eyes 80%, well I do have brown eyes but obviously there are people with the same alleles to that SNP who have other eye colors. Both companies can't tell you what your ABO blood group happens to be.
I sound disappointed. Not really. I have found insights into my heritage, a person related to me via Relative Finder, and SNP facts that I did not know and that surprised me but later things started to fit into place.
deCODEme is currently experiencing a glitch with their ancestry PCA eigenvector maps of one's place in the world.