Robinson Bradshaw

Topic: Genetic Genealogist

The Importance of Balance in Evaluating DTC Genomics

Earlier this week the New York Times published a generally alarmist and one-sided piece (“Buyer Beware of Home DNA Tests”) advising consumers to steer clear of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing and genomic services providers. The Times piece advises consumers to opt instead for a certified medical geneticist or genetic counselor even as it acknowledges, in […]

Leveraging the Crowd to Understand Your Genome

Earlier this week Peter Aldhous of NewScientist magazine recounted an unusual experience with DTC genomics provider Decode Genetics. In reviewing his genetic data on the deCODEme website, Aldhous uncovered what appeared to be significant and bizarre errors in his mitochondrial DNA. Aldhous turned to Blaine Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist, for help in diagnosing the problem […]

Pathway Genomics Launches and a Look Back at Two Years of DTC Genomics

Pathway Genomics became the latest entrant in the consumer genomics space when it publicly launched its new direct-to-consumer (DTC) genotyping service this morning. Pathway provides genotyping (or SNP testing) for a variety of genetic traits and markers including ancestral testing for $199, health and disease testing for $249 and both the health and ancestry service […]