DNA Ancestry Checking Is as Cheap as $99

 

DNA ancestry checking is something that is relatively new. It used to cost thousands upon thousands of dollars to check your DNA. In recent years it has gotten a lot cheaper. In fact it became so cheap that a private company that checks your DNA ancestry called 23andMe has made it commercially available to people who can afford it. Prices were as low as around $800 to get your DNA checked. Later it went down to $400, then around $300.

Now, you can check your DNA ancestry for $99 dollars. What you discover in return is your ancestral lineages, what health issues you are prone to have a higher risk for, as well as what drugs and/or medications are right for you.

The process is really easy. You purchase the saliva kit. You receive it in the mail and register it online. You give your saliva sample and send the kit back. You should see results within 6-8 weeks. You can see your personal overview on their website.

What stood out the most is the very long list of 247 possible health risks such as diabetes, cancer, Crohn’s disease, and high/low blood pressure, to name the very least. This is by far more accurate than asking a fortune teller to predict your future health problems, or even doctors! If you find out that you have a low risk for diabetes, then great, you have one less thing to worry about. On the flip side, if you have a high risk of developing diabetes, then you would be prepared early and be able to take precautionary measures, whether that is going to a doctor early or making dietary changes accordingly.

So now that you know about checking your DNA ancestry for your roots and health risks, there is one more factor to take into consideration before deciding to venture out into buying one of these kits. What if you found out that you had a high risk for a few types or cancers or some other terminal disease? Or what if you found out how most likely you would die. Is it worth it to carry that in the back of your head? Some people are reluctant to try DNA ancestry testing because it may not be worth the stress and melancholy. There is a chance that the extra stress itself may shorten your life. When choosing to get your DNA checked, please keep these points in mind.

 

Source:

http://www.23andme.com

Coursera: Free Online Classes from the World’s Top Universities

 

Coursera is a brand new site that offers free classes online to interested people all around the world.

Coursera is “a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We envision a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions. Our technology enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students.

Through this, we hope to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. We want to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.”

The courses cover a wide range of topics such as computer science, humanities, literature, biology, business, math, and much, much more.  There is even a class that covers horse nutrition! Talk about a wide range!

As the company expands it will offer even more courses with greater specificity and scope.

Some of the schools that Coursera offers courses through include Caltech, Princeton, Duke, Stanford, University of Illinois, and the University of Edinburgh.

While most of the courses will not grant you actual credit hours, Coursera has stated that it is a possibility in the future.  Either way, if you’re interested in free education from some of the top schools in the world, you have nothing to  lose.  Check it out.!

Note:  I am currently enrolled in Introduction to Sustainability, Learn to Program, Drugs and the Brain, Galaxies and Cosmology.

See you in class!

 

Coursera: Free Online Courses from the World’s Top Universities

 

Coursera is a brand new site that offers free online courses to interested people all around the world. Coursera is

“a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer online courses for anyone to take, for free. We envision a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions. Our technology enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students.

 

 

Through this, we hope to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. We want to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.”

The online coursescover a wide range of topics such as computer science, humanities, literature, biology, business, math, and much, much more.  There is even a class that covers horse nutrition! Talk about a wide range!

As the company expands it will offer even more online courses with greater specificity and scope.

Some of the schools that Coursera offers courses through include Caltech, Princeton, Duke, Stanford, University of Illinois, and the University of Edinburgh.

While most of the online courses will not grant you actual credit hours, Coursera has stated that it is a possibility in the future.  Either way, if you’re interested in free education from some of the top schools in the world, you have nothing to  lose.  Check it out! This is one site of many in a new movement of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). Learning should be for everyone!

Note:  I am currently enrolled in Introduction to Sustainability, Learn to Program, Drugs and the Brain, Galaxies and Cosmology on Coursera.

See you in class!

 

Direct Links to Sources:

Coursera

MOOC list