Is DNA testing testing through companies such as "DNA and me" or any of the others of any benifit?
If so what was the (personal) value, how much did it cost and what was learned?
There are multiple genes for breast cancer. If your family has the major known genes, increaeed screening is recommended at younger ages. Some breast cancer genes can also cause ovarian cancers.
I dont know about the macular degeneration part. I just did the survey questions on 23andMe. I don't recall a question about macular degeneration. On the other hand, it took a couple of hours to answer all of the questions and Im forgetful. Ha ha :-)
I wonder if there are genes that can cause a variety of cancers, just a general susceptibilty and not a specific cancer. All of the men in my dad's family in his genetation had cancer. Half of the members of my generation did.
My concern is they will sellthe info to drug co panies and I'll be flooded with spam. I hope not.
Forgetful is a given, methinks....hahaha.
The cancers in my family were all single instances as far as I know....skin cancer, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, stomach cancer, & one uncle with prostate.
But.....I don't know most of my family any more as I got away from the mormon thing decades ago. I wouldn't know any of my cousins if I met them on the street.
Genes have to be turned on and off - just because one has a gene for cancer, baldness, macular degeneration (which I understand is minimized by wearing appropriate sunglasses) or anything else doesn't mean one will have the affliction. I'm thinking that providing a genetic map may result in "pre-exsiting" condition for which a medical insurance company will adjust rates, or drop a subscriber.
I'm so grateful that I live in a country that has free healthcare at the point of demand. Britain has many flaws but letting people die if they are poor isn't one of them. How a great and rich country like America allows people to go without healthcare is beyond me. And what is worse working class Americans are brainwashed into thinking that free healthcare is a Communist plot.
I appreciate our health care coverage too.
I just don't fathom why the American people put up with the awful system they have, where some lucky few get healthcare and the poor can go to hell.
I don't think this system is what most Americans want, but we are duped by politicians and the news media. We have too much tribalism, which influences decisions and people vote against their own best interests because of leaders who will say and do anything to get elected and get paid by their campaign contributors - big pharma is among them. Social media, especially Facebook and Twitter, also profit from manipulation of voters.
Oh well. That might be off topic so I'll stop there. But here is an intetesting thing from 23AndMe. Its a map showing the prevalence of people in the USA based on UK and Irish heritage. From Ancestry.com I am about 40% Irish, 20% UK, and the rest NW Europe (German) so that includes me. Mine migrated in the 18th and 19th centuries through NC, PA, KY, IN to IL where I was born and raised. Interesting that the most British/Irish states are the most religious and racist now. How did that happen?
Here's a link to a poll from cnbc saying 70% of Americans want medicare for all.
I have an small leather bound album of tintype portrates. I wonder if they are photographs or relatives that were passed down. My mother and great cousin were interested in ancestory. They checked the maternal side of the family back to the 1620's. That information was retrieved from an old family bible.
I have some tin types too without identifying information. I don't know what to do about those.
Pursuing geneology on ancestry.com can become a continuous rabbit hole. It has info from many sources - census, military records, school records, obituaries, and other people's compilations. I traced my lineage back to when they emigtated to the US, and where from. Before that I would need to pay more and for some, learn the old German script. Not worth it to me. Some things were interesting to me - several siblings of my ancestors died in the civil war, and I had ancestors in the military in almost every war. From the census records, a lot of my ancestors were illiterate. The majority of their children died in their first years of life.
I uploaded most of the ancestor photos. When that is done, if my cousins dont want the originals, they will go into boxes for someone to handle after I die. It's not a huge archive, but still a few dozen photos. I sent my grandfather's Philippine-American war Army uniform and photos to a museum. That was a releif too.
in my town, there was a large German part of town, They spoke German, had German schools, German churches, and German newspapers. During WWI and WWII, all of that stopped because we were at war with Germany. But now, they pass judgement on immigrants who are not fluent in English, and say that people should not be allowed in the US if they don't already speak English. I also think that people in the US should speak a common language, for effective communication in many critical areas, but I don't judge people who cant. Learning languages is difficult.
Archiving the history of the family is interesting.
I have a great Uncle who worked for the American University in Cambodia in 1956. My great cousin is starting to go though his letters and send them to me.
So far I only hav two letters.