Have you checked out 23 and me?
Right now, for $99 (and $9 a month to continue to get the Personal Genome Service updates), you can find out your carrier status for 24 diseases, your disease risk for 98 others (MS included!), your responsiveness to 19 drugs, and 49 genetically inherited traits: including whether or not you’re carrying the gene for male pattern baldness!
Heck, they’ll even hook you up with your extended family that you didn’t know you had, so long as they’re also 23 and me members. (You know you’re related when the genes say so!)
It also gives you an opportunity to give more info to your doctors, and to help research along the way.
So, for a complete cost of just under $220, you get an awful lot of potentially useful information about yourself. I think it’s something I’d like to do and have Adam do before we start trying for a baby. Why not see what our 2 DNA samples have going for them before we smack em together?
And yeah. You read the b word. Don’t get too excited. It’s a ways off. 🙂 I’d have to come off my seizure meds, my antidepressants, and Copaxone… But motherhood is definitely visible in the distance.