Tested in 2017: Kishore’s Favorite Things!

Kishore’s favorite things of 2017 include an awesome shoe technology, science book recommendation, a great Batman collectible, and yes, a guide to Thanos!

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  1. I have been tempted a few times by those 23 and Me kits but wonder if it might reveal something in our family that we’d rather we didn’t know about. But the other half of me thinks it would be really interesting to do. Double edged sword, I guess lol.

    I think I might have to try those shoe tightening doodads – I always just slip mine on and off without untying my laces like some kind of peasant.

    On the subject of animal migration, I learned a cute tidbit from a UK panel / quiz show called QI (well worth a watch) the other day about the migration of the North American Blue Grouse – Their migration route is only around 300 metres which they travel every spring for mating season. Then in Autumn, they just walk back up the hill! I found that pretty funny.

    Happy new Year, Kishore, keep up the great science comm work!

  2. is the Boa system available as a kit for use with any shoes, or do you have to buy one of the built in products? I looked at the website, and unless I’m missing, its only found on partnered products.

  3. Are people still worrying about the “ownership and use of DNA” kerfuffle that happened with 23andme a while ago? I’ve been debating about trying one or two out for my new wife and I, just to get some fun info, but haven’t pulled the trigger.

  4. I think it’s a bit of waste of money to be honest and you really have to be very careful about it, some results might get you worried a lot while it wouldn’t have been a problem anyway in real life (many times it’s all about chance if you actually get the disease or not and nobody will be perfect). It also doesn’t test all of the things that could be wrong with you as we have no clue if there are good genetic markers for it and ofcourse they wouldn’t all been in this test as that would be very expensive. Many times the people just wanting to check it out have no scientific background, have no clue how to really interpret the data, which is probably going to be great for the local physician that person then goes to. 🙂

  5. Regarding products like 23 and me, it is good to read a recent article in Scientific America. The article discusses how these companies sidestepped regulations designed to protect US consumers. My reason for never spitting into a vial and paying these companies to check it out is that they do not need to be HIPAA compliant. HIPAA is a US law designed to keep health data secure.

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/23andme-is-terrifying-but-not-for-the-reasons-the-fda-thinks/

  6. I’m not sure we have evidence of widespread health decisions (poor or otherwise) being made because of these genetic tests. Most will probably garner more personal value from the ancestry info than the biological details, but that’s why I advocated the deeper raw data analyses, which often come with more detailed information for those without a scientific background. And I personally think it shatters the illusion of this being a perfect test.

    All that being said, I’ve been pretty impressed wrt the de-identified data being used in large scale studies – something that science has struggled to do efficiently in the past. E.g. they just launched a 100K person study on weight loss.

    I could easily be wrong – and its all a waste of money. But given what else I tend to waste money on throughout the year, its a reasonable risk for me. 🙂

  7. Thanks for the extra info! Yes, if you then put it in the hands of scientists again, you may get very interesting information out of it. But that was kind of my point, it only really has value in such a case. And besides that I would be a tiny bit worried my insurance might get a hold of some of the disease info in the data. To have that protected extremely well is also very important.

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