23andme Research Snippet Capture

Genetic testing company 23andme uses “Research Snippet” questions to compare people’s answers to their DNA results.

Typically they are simple questions and often have obvious usefulness – such as “Have you ever undergone LASIK eye surgery?” I would think a comparison of certain locations of the response group individuals’ DNA could one day predict a the likelihood of a certain affliction.

But, I am quite amused by the 2nd question in this research snippet screen capture:
Does the sound of other people chewing fill you with rage?
YES. YES IT DOES. (Actually, not really.)

But I am left thinking about those who might answer “I’m not sure.”

“Hmm, well, it is not RAGE exactly, but mandibular gyrations DO cause me to be overcome with a certain combination of ENNUI and MUDEROUS INTENTION.”

For more information on 23andme’s research see their blog – this post in particular:
23andMe Research Team Presents Findings at International Human Genetics Meeting


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    Comment by Anne Tierney — September 27, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    Exactly how would someone not be sure if they’d had LASIK eye surgery? That should really lead to a whole different set of questions.

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    Comment by John — September 27, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

    Maybe the doctor was chewing during the LASIK procedure?

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