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23andMe

Posted on July 9th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

It’s an odd thing to spit into a vial and send your saliva FedEx across the continent. So it was that curiosity tempted me a few months ago to try out 23andMe‘s personal genetics test.

Basically, you order a kit online for $399. It arrives a couple weeks later. You spit in the special vial, seal it up, and send it off. And another few weeks later an email arrives that tells you that your online profile has been completed. Pretty easy, actually.

The confidential (yet privately shareable) report summarizes your genome scan and provides you with a variety of health, traits, and ancestry – complemented by a rich library of background research.… more


Reversible Destiny

Posted on April 3rd, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

Check out this recent NY Times article about Madeline Gins and Arakawa’s $2-million Long Island house which they claim restores youth, boosts one’s immune system, and even opposes death. And it’s a real-life romper room.

In addition to the floor, which threatens to send the un-sure-footed hurtling into the sunken kitchen at the center of the house, the design features walls painted, somewhat disorientingly, in about 40 colors; multiple levels meant to induce the sensation of being in two spaces at once; windows at varying heights; oddly angled light switches and outlets; and an open flow of traffic, unhindered by interior doors or their adjunct, privacy.more





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