Someone else wants to map your genome. Houston-based SeqWright Inc. just launched SeqWright GPS
, a genomic profiling service that evaluates your miniscule genomic variations called Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms, or SNPs (“snips”).
Similar to the recently launched 23andMe
, SeqWright customers can use online tools to learn your risk for certain diseases, compare your traits to those of family members who’ve been tested and explore your ancient ancestry. You won’t learn whether you’re related to someone, but rather, which broadly defined population groups you most likely come from.
SeqWright’s Web site is less friendly-looking than 23andMe's, which obviously benefits from Google
’s financial investment, and doesn’t make quite as much effort to explain scientific lingo. At $998, SeqWright’s test is $1 less than 23andMe’s.
Thursday, January 24, 2008 4:04:29 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)