Question: What is the value of third party genetic reports?
There are very, very few genes where we have really good information on how they impact nutritional requirements, but we have many, many, many genes where we have decent information on what they do mechanistically and where we can speculate things that might be helpful. So genome analysis is very useful as a brainstorming mechanism. And of course, there's genome sequencing in a clinical context to identify rare metabolic diseases, a totally different thing. That's obviously useful for where it's been defined as being useful, but doing a 23andMe analysis and submitting it to a report is useful for brainstorming and potentially generating some explanations for things that you observed.
And I think Self-Decode did a really good job in distilling, first of all, taking a lot of conflicting polymorphisms and distilling them into a net result. And then, second of all, distilling some actionable principles. Third of all, noting where they're brainstorming and providing references to give some reasonable level of confidence of exactly.
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