Ancestry also affects the chances that a person carries a mutation not included in the 23andMe panel. For Jewish and non-Jewish Caucasians, this panel will identify 85-97% of all known mutations. Numbers are much lower for African Americans, Hispanics and Asians (50-75%). Bear in mind that the panel of mutations reported here is not exhaustive for any group and that if you are concerned about cystic fibrosis you should consult a medical professional.
We are constantly striving to make our reports more useful to our customers and to make important points more apparent. We appreciate Yong’s efforts and those of the commentators on his blog to set the record straight.23andMe is committed to giving people access to their DNA. We’re also committed to giving people the tools they need to understand this information. This incident highlights how important educating the public about genetics is. As our General Counsel Ashley Gould pointed out in her comments to the FDA/CDRH public meeting on laboratory developed tests yesterday, we believe that our service can play an important part in educational efforts, as learning in the context of your own genetic data can be extremely powerful.