Sunday, January 27, 2008

Sherpa Family Emergency

Today I will be taking a few days off of posting as I head out for a family emergency. But before I do, I would like to point your attention towards David Hamilton's post yesterday.

From His Post:

deCODEme provides its customers with an analysis of SNPs that have been linked to 18 diseases, calculating a risk summary that compares an individual’s odds of getting sick those for the population — well, a population — at large. The trouble, as we noted earlier, is that in many cases deCODEme bases this risk assessment on just one or two SNPs, when most diseases are thought to be influenced by tens or hundreds of different genes. That means the disease risks deCODEme calculates are very likely to be wildly inaccurate — potentially a serious state of affairs for the folks paying roughly $1,000 for this very analysis, even if deCODEme is careful to caution its users not to rely on the data as medical information. (Exactly what other use it might be isn’t entirely clear to me.)

Read the Rest

Thank you all. I will return to the blogosphere ASAP, and announce the big news.

Keep Climbing,
-The Sherpa

1 comment:

Berci Meskó said...

I don't follow your blog for a few days and see what happens.

I hope everything is ok now!!