You Are Not My Genetic Counselor, But Neither Are Any of these Self-Styled Uncertified Genetic Counselors on the Internet. The latest fad/quackwatch for desperate parents and patients dealing with autism spectrum
disorders or chronic illness seems to be running raw data from consumer genetics testing through an app (or paying hundreds of dollars more for a "nutrigenomic
) to check for polymorphisms. Consumers get back lists (helpfully color-coded like traffic lights) of normal, heterozygous, and homozygous gene pairs, but how common are these variations to begin with (setting aside how often they are actually expressed as illness)? [more inside]
posted by blue suede stockings
on Mar 19, 2014 -
I (late 20s male) slept with a girl I don't know very well over the weekend. (Used protection, nothing broke or leaked...all very safe.) We talked after, and she said that the last time she was tested she was clean, but that was a while (and a couple of partners) ago. I have no reason to suspect I've acquired anything new, but I'd still like to do my due diligence and make sure I'm clean.
My last test was about a year and a half after the last time I'd had sex, but I don't intend on waiting nearly that long. I know HIV takes about six months to show up, but as far as other common STIs go, how long should I wait for anything else to show up?
posted by anonymous
on Feb 17, 2014 -
In about an hour I am accompanying a close friend in his mid-20s getting tested for HIV. How can I be supportive both during and after the testing, regardless of outcome?
posted by Corduroy
on Jan 18, 2014 -
I'm in the market for a new Android phone (currently wavering between LG G2, HTC One, Sony Experia Z1, Galaxy Note 3 with G2 the current favourite) and I will be back in my home country (Australia) for a week next week and want to try them out in store. What are your tips for testing phone sin stores to get an idea if you like them or not? [more inside]
posted by Admira
on Jan 15, 2014 -
I have a 'condition.' There is a supplement touted as a miracle pill for those with it. Recently I went to purchase another bottle of my trusty supplement, which costs $59 for 60 pills, and I came across a few reviews stating that the content in the capsules is just plain white sugar. I thought what a joke, but I cut one of mine open anyway, and lo and behold, it looks, tastes, and smells exactly like white refined sugar! [more inside]
posted by OneHermit
on Dec 28, 2013 -
For those working in web dev with a dedicated QA/testing team: what percentage/ratio of the project schedule do you devote to testing, fixing, and regression testing, especially when compared to planning and the time actually allocated to dev? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet
on Dec 20, 2013 -
I am looking for current industry thinking around software quality management. Specifically, the differences and boundaries between testing and quality management and how quality management plays in to all phases of the SDLC, not just testing (ex: code reviews, requirement inspection). I'm specifically interested in content from established leaders around IT management, such as PMI, ieee, IBM, incose, etc. Thank you!
posted by seesom
on Nov 26, 2013 -
I'm in the process of finishing the first version of my iOS minimalist Foursquare app.
I'm wondering what is the best way to get beta testers for my app. I simply need feedback and ideas for improvement/changes to the app. The app is currently not in the App Store, but I want to make sure I get everything right, just before iOS 7 hits.
What is the best way to do so?
posted by antgly
on Sep 5, 2013 -
I have previously posted that my water appliances like hot water pot and coffee machine quickly descaled when i moved into my home. I never could figure out why.
If one were to get home water tested, is it necessary to know what I am testing for? Anyone know of any reliable testing outfits?
posted by dougiedd
on Aug 25, 2013 -
I'm considering a career switch, and I'm looking at taking a certification (or more) in non-destructive testing, with an eye to working in the oilpatch. I'm curious about how work is structured and what the conditions are like. Any input would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by jpziller
on Jul 24, 2013 -
I want to test what the composition of a gas is, and I don't even know where to begin. I don't have access to a lab, but I know enough people that might have access to equipment to help, if I knew what to ask for. And I also need some ideas of how to capture and transport the gas. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here]
on May 7, 2013 -
My dryer died last night. I'm not sure if it is the outlet or the dryer. I do have a digital multimeter and want to test the outlet. I'm not sure how to do this without killing myself. [more inside]
posted by johnpowell
on Apr 5, 2013 -
After having to show some production employees where the SHIFT key is and why you would use it, I'm starting to wonder if there's a test out there, preferably web-based and cheap or free, that would put a potential hire through some paces and test for speed and accuracy on doing basic tasks. [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike
on Feb 26, 2013 -
I need to test several pieces of furniture and some toys for lead paint, and want to have a lab confirm the home tests I plan to run. I need recommendations for reliable (and hopefully affordable, too) options.
posted by ryanshepard
on Feb 25, 2013 -
Screening questions (and answers!) for low-level office IT admin staff. [more inside]
posted by Iteki
on Nov 21, 2012 -
After a year off after graduating from art school, my friend needs to find a job and is contemplating a temp agency to look for general office work. I know that agencies typically run prospective hires through computer based proficiency evaluators, and we're wondering the best/quickest way to polish up these skills before hand. [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear
on Oct 6, 2012 -
I'm a physics graduate student and my PhD work is going to involve a fair amount of programming. Aside from the coding part, what habits and skills do I need to develop to become a competent programmer? [more inside]
posted by Zalzidrax
on Aug 31, 2012 -
My father's grandfather was adopted with very little paperwork or evidence trail as to his biological origins. Earlier this year, my father's uncle got his DNA tested. Unfortunately, the closest Y-DNA relative we've isolated from the tests is 13 generations back. But, I have a related question: All of the matches, through multiple services (having manually entered the data into other services) have a wide variety of non-repeating last names. Given that Y-DNA matches father-to-son, wouldn't there be at least some
names repeating? [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis
on Aug 30, 2012 -
Hey Dr. Hodgins
: my garden soil is pretty like a rainbow! How do I find out what's making it that way, and whether it's safe to grow veggies in? [more inside]
posted by GardenGal
on Jul 19, 2012 -
What is the best ACT/SAT test prep system/program for multiple (20-50) users? [more inside]
posted by _DB_
on Apr 30, 2012 -
I'm looking at a software company of about 30 developers. Everything looks great except there's no QA department. Is this a big warning sign? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 19, 2012 -
Looking for statistics on how long visitors will spend looking for information on a website [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer
on Mar 16, 2012 -
How to set up a simple usability test station? I'm thinking a laptop with the webcam recording the user's face + a screen recorder. Anything like this already out there? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B
on Feb 20, 2012 -
MMAfilter: The recent news that Cris Cyborg has been using steroids has caused her whole career to be called into question. But that made me question - how often are MMA fighters tested for steroids? [more inside]
posted by Sully
on Jan 22, 2012 -
Do "Black Box" software testers still exist? Do I have to be a developer to find a job? [more inside]
posted by seiryuu
on Dec 7, 2011 -
I had unprotected sex and performed cunnilingus. I'm uninsured. I'm asymptomatic. Where and what type of STD testing should I look for? Also, if I test clean then what is the chance that that she too is/was clean? The primary question is where can I get a general panel of STD testing cheaply (or free) given that I am currently uninsured because I'm (hopefully temporarily) unemployed. Barring other options, how much should I expect to spend at my general doctor for the proper tests? Is that worth it given my situation below? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 17, 2011 -
Where can I find information comparing the educational quality provided by the *best* public schools in America with your average public schools elsewhere in the industrialized world? [more inside]
posted by catesbie
on Jul 9, 2011 -
Some heavy shit went down this week and I've become the unwilling party to a new family secret. I want to tell one or two trusted family members because it affects them to a lesser degree. Can people with calmer heads and more perspective help me sort through this and figure out the best line to take?
(Caution: longwinded) [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 25, 2011 -
I'm about to take my GED test, and it's long overdue. I'm fairly confident I'll pass most sections, but how can I keep from over-thinking the essay question? [more inside]
posted by mingo_clambake
on Apr 18, 2011 -
Are aptitude tests worth taking? Specifically, the aptitide test administered by the Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation for $600. I would like to know if it would be a worthy investment or an expensive disappointment. If it was the latter for you, what was an effective alternative?
I'm a 23 year old guy, about to (re)start my college career and tired of working retail, if this helps.
posted by Giggilituffin
on Apr 6, 2011 -
Canadian English-French bilingualism filter: I suddenly (in 6 days) need to take a French language test that would help me in qualifying for a bilingual position in which I'm interested. Is there anything I could study in 6 days that would increase my chances of scoring higher? [more inside]
posted by analog
on Mar 8, 2011 -
Where can I get recommendations for the 'greenest' house cleaners and personal care products? [more inside]
posted by lemonade
on Feb 14, 2011 -
Please give me resources (books, how-tos, software/process recommendations, personal experiences, tips and anecdotes) for setting up QA from scratch in a software development company! [more inside]
posted by gakiko
on Dec 10, 2010 -
Any experiences with competency of mobile health exams; "Ultrasound Testing" screening for heart , arteries, blood chemistry. Rolling bus like exam facility scheduled in my area next week travelling under the name "Healthfair"
posted by Agamenticus
on Dec 1, 2010 -
I am getting really frustrated with my flaky chemistry professor. I don't want to complain about her mistakes to the Dean because I think she's a nice person and has some life circumstances I wouldn't wish on anyone (illness of her own and single caregiver for extremely ill and challenged child). How do I get over my frustration with her, stop resenting her, and also stop feeling upset and anxious when I study? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 26, 2010 -