Posted in 23andMe, Diet, Travel, Uncategorized, Weight, tagged 23andMe, business trip, Diet, giveaway, soap and glory, swag, weight watchers on January 22, 2009 |
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I’ve been back from my 23andMe super-secret-special-project extravaganza trip for some time now. I’ve been basking in the glory that was four days away from household chores, drop-off, pick up, and frigid temperatures. I did miss my kids and hubby, tis true, but it was a small price to pay for a little solitude, a bit of fun, and a whole lot of information about personal genome testing.
But my giveaway jacket is chocolate brown!
Since I am still bound by the 23andMe code of secrecy, I can’t tell you too much about why I was there and what I’ll be doing for the company. I can, however, tell you that while I was there I scored an ENORMOUS amount of swag. One of the cutest things I got was the little jacket pictured here (only mine is chocolate brown)., by wati design. Sadly, it’s a size two. Too small for my 8 year old daughter. But that’s where you come in: leave a comment below, and you could win this gorgeous little embroidered size 2T blazer, sure to make any little girl look like a million bucks. (Just make sure to leave your email so I can find you if you win.)
Keep reading and I’ll tell you more about the rules and regs at the end of the post. (more…)
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This past Sunday in the New York Times Magazine, a guy with a tremendous head of hair wrote about how, in having his genomes sequenced, he found out that genetically speaking, he should be bald. (OK, so Steven Pinker wrote about a lot more than that…but did you see that head of hair!!?)
This morning, here in San Francisco, where I am (for now) escaping the horrifyingly cold weather in NY, I am awaiting the results of my own spit test. A few weeks ago I spit into a vial (which I then made vile), mixed said spit with some concoction 23andMe sent me, stuck it all in an envelope and sent it off to 23andMe, where some unsuspecting scientist undoubtedly discovered that I eat way too much garlic.
I’m hoping they discover more. Like maybe why I’m so low on the hand-eye coordination scale. Or (more seriously) if I’m prone to diabetes, to certain kinds of cancer, Crohn’s disease, or if there’s some reason both my daughter and I love mint but hate wintergreen. Hey, maybe there’s some genetic reason some Lifesavers flavor-name-writer chose to call it Wint-o-Green? Very annoying, that.
The whole idea of 23andMe is to provide consumers access to a truly amazing new technology that can teach us an awful lot about who we are — and that has the potential to change the way we treat disease, or look at disability, or relate to ourselves. Genome testing gives us the opportunity for an amazing insight into who we are. And 23andMe is hoping that as we share this information online, we’ll help them create a research database that could, eventually, help scientists with research, and help people connect on a totally different and more profound level than “I’m a Beyonce fan and so are you!” (more…)
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