I assume you’ll be somewhat surprised that I mention Sheril, but I feel like I have to give special thanks to her because I’m 99% sure that it was her “good word” which allowed me to catch the eye of an outfit as respectable as Discover.Unlike a blogger as writerly as Ed Yong, or Sheril herself, I’ve always been more data nerd-cum-verbal pugilist.I hope it is, but that’s because I want 23and Me to continue to subsidize genotyping services (I’ve heard that though 23and Me owns the machines, the typing is done by Lab Corp.And last I checked the upfront cost is a major loss leader; they’re paying you to get typed).The government could potentially bankrupt 23and Me, but taking a step back that would still be like the RIAA managing to take down Napster.
Overall I give a good grade in terms of understanding how blogging should be run, with a light hand.
I’m afraid that they goofed here, and miscalculated.
As I said above, it won’t make a major difference in the long run, but I have many friends who were waiting until this Christmas to purchase kits from 23and Me.
Though Tabarrok is more well informed than the average person (his wife is a biologist), there are others from the right-wing who are taking 23and Me’s side on normative grounds as well.
Ultimately I’m not interested in this this argument, because it’s not going to have any significant lasting power. As I implied in my piece 23and Me the company now is less interesting than personal genomics the industry sector in the future.