by Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei
Posted April 9, 2008 in DNA Products, DNA Testing
My mom used to equate everything with the cost of pizzas as in “this pair of shoes could get you three large pizzas!” In that vein, let’s see how much $2500 can get you in the personal genomics marketplace.
$2500 can buy you:
- One Navigenics Health Compass membership – initiation and one year subscription
- Ten years of Navigenics annual subscription fees at $250 each year after initial purchase
- Two 23andMe accounts at $999 USD each with $502 to spare
- Two deCODEme accounts at $985 USD each with $530 to spare
- Twelve General Interest Panels of genetic tests from DNA Traits at $199 each with $112 to spare
- Seven alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency genetic tests at DNA Direct at $330 each with $190 to spare
- 0.71% of a $350,000 whole genome sequence from Knome
- Two Gene Essence genetic tests from BioMarker Pharmaceuticals at $1195 each with $110 to spare
- Two 1-working day express service DNA paternity tests from DNA Diagnostics Center at $995 each with $510 to spare
- Sixteen HairDX genetic tests at $149 each with $116 to spare
- Eight Suracell “DNA Based Age Management” DNA tests (via Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute) at $300 each with $100 to spare
- Twelve Advanced Paternal Lineage Test (Y-chromosome 46) from DNA.Ancestry.com at $199 each with $112 to spare
- Four DNA11 DNA art portraits at $525 each with $400 to spare.
Of course, looking at price alone isn’t a fair comparison since each company above provides vastly different services and genetic information to their customers from genetic genealogy to art to single disease testing to whole genome sequencing. Cost is a factor, however, in most consumers’ purchasing decisions so it’s interesting to see how prices stack up.
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