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Helix DNA Test Kit $4.99

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DNA app store Helix.com is having a $100 off promo.

The cheapest "app + test kit" bundle is SlumberType, which is now $4.99 and it tells you whether about how your DNA affects your sleeping habit. Second cheapest is the Vinome app + test kit. It'a $9.99 and it gives you wine recommendation based on your DNA.

The idea of Helix is that you only need to do one DNA test, which according to Helix.com: "use Next Generation Sequencing technology to read your DNA, which unlocks up to 100 times more data than typical at-home DNA tests on the market today". After that one test, you can purchase apps from the Helix platform, kinda like what Apple App Store does.

Promo ends tonight, 11/9.

These are also on Amazon.

https://www.helix.com/shop
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075957...etail_page
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anyone have experience with these vs other DNA tests kits? Never done this, but have been thinking about it and for $5, i might just have to...how much extra is it to unlock everything?
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Helix does not let you download your raw DNA data. So you are locked in to their eco system, and can not use the other sites to interpret the data.
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If you can't download your DNA, which it appears you cannot, don't do it. Go with a full product that lets you download your DNA, then you can run it through prometheus whenever you want.
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Downloading raw data will be supported in the future according to https://support.helix.com/hc/en-u...ncing-data
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You are NOT the father
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Downloading raw data will be supported in the future according to https://support.helix.com/hc/en-u...ncing-data
That is on the FAQ for more than a year now Smilie
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That is on the FAQ for more than a year now Smilie
If they're "100 times" more *legit* than the competition, they may be meeting more restriction resistance in processing data - security issues notwithstanding (the industry meets TREMENDOUS opposition from... comfortable powers).

Freakin' lawyers. Can't we just fumble our own complex DNA data on our own?
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If I already did 23andme, is there anything here worth doing?
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Beware that in any of these sites, the results may eventually be used against you (i.e. for insurance purposes, law enforcement, etc)
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If I already did 23andme, is there anything here worth doing?
Download your DNA and upload it to prometheus.com ($5 each time you do). You will get a much more comprehensive report.
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Beware that in any of these sites, the results may eventually be used against you (i.e. for insurance purposes, law enforcement, etc)
I think currently what you said is not allowed per this act https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/G...nation_Act
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I think currently what you said is not allowed per this act https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/G...nation_Act
seems like they are already changing their minds
see the last sentence in there
"In 2017, HR 1313[8] was introduced which would let employers demand workers' genetic test results.[9]"

also, from terms and conditions of pages like ancestry
https://www.snopes.com/ancestry-dna-steal-own/
"...Furthermore, licensing your DNA data to Ancestry.com does come with risks to your privacy, as well as potentially resulting in problems obtaining life insurance or, in certain circumstances, even getting hired for a particular job"

also, the act may not conver anything from law enforcement, so if you already gave your DNA, it may be easier for law enforcement to obtain it (speculation on my part)
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it's really strange that people care a lot about their privacy but not their DNA data, making your DNA data available to others is similar to handing out your CV to the strangers on the street, if not any worse, as technology advances, you might be surprised that how much people can know about you by just reading your DNA.
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if they don't show you the dna, does that mean they can feed you BS in a fashion like that of horoscopes? basically, are they backed by actual science because the products they offer seem really weird relative to say 23andme
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