Maybe we could turn it into a Zentangle?
December 9, 2013 5:19 PM Subscribe
As a Christmas present, I bought my 10-year-old daughter a 23 and Me
kit. Shortly after it arrived, I received an email stating they would no longer provide health-related information and offering a refund. Should I take the refund (which would inactivate the kit) or go ahead with it?
posted by jeoc to Science & Nature (16 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I thought this would be a good present because she is interested in science and technology. We heard a piece about it on the radio, and she thought it sounded cool. I think the ancestry results alone would be pretty interesting, and they will also deliver her raw genomic sequence, which she may be able to do something with in the future.
The health results were also interesting to me - she has some minor-ish chronic health problems, and it would be useful to know if other things might be on the horizon for her. That information won't make a lot of sense to her, and not having it won't impact her enjoyment of the gift.
I trying to decide if the package is now "worth it." On one hand, I feel like I'm not quite getting what I paid for, but on the other I'm paying $99 bucks to get my kid's GENOME sequenced. As a Christmas present, this is somewhat more on the expensive side, but it is completely affordable and does not represent a financial burden or sacrifice at all.
Is this still a good deal? Or should I opt out and hope for FDA approval next year?