Friday, 21 August 2015

Richmond B.C. company plans launch of personal DNA testing service

Next January you may have the option of a Canadian company for DNA testing.

Vancouver Sun article about GenomeMe , a subsidiary of  Applied Biological Materials which provides "a facility for gene cloning and manufacturing agents used in the scientific research field" is facing regulatory and accreditation issues similar to those that derailed 23andMe's service two years ago, but with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C.

The company focus is health, but their GenomeOne™ Test, at a cost of $950, promoted as "The One test that must be done once in a lifetime" suggests this is the "$1,000 genome" giving a complete genomic analysis.

As anyone who's looked at raw DNA test results knows get that data is a small part of the task. Interpreting it is herculean and the company makes no mention of an ancestry service.

January is a long way from August in this rapidly developing field. Lots can happen in between. Stay tuned.

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