My very first birthday gift customized to my genome just arrived!
These skin care products are purported to be optimized for my skin type, as determined by my whole genome sequence (details in comments below).
I originally sent my saliva to BGI in China — to the largest sequencing lab in the world (at the time) — and they did a whole genome sequence of me with the plan to do a comparison to Geordie Rose, the founder of D-Wave Systems (the quantum computer company). This was a surprise treat, as the company offers a variety of apps now based on my genome. So, thanks to MyGenomeBox.
This is all new to me, and I’m curious to see if I can sense an effect. My main worry is that the placebo effect correlates with the price paid, and this was a freebie.
They summarize: “Healthy, hydrated, smooth skin is the universal hallmark of youth and beauty and deterioration of it is one of the first visible signs of aging. Although aging is multifaceted and complex, there are three key skin properties associated with youthful skin that become compromised as we grow older: elasticity, hydration, and antioxidant factors. Genetics account for about 60% of skin properties while environmental effects account for about 40%. Scientists discovered 13 key SNPs in our genes that are associated with these skin predispositions. In this targeted approach, it is possible to identify your skin’s natural tendencies and create a flawless personal skincare regimen that is specifically designed for you according to your DNA, your biological manual. Knowing the efficiency of your skin’s properties can help you take the guessing game out of skin work and address your skin’s issue with precision.”
Steve Jurvetson, Partner, DFJ Venture Capital