23andme – commercially available DNA test 

Readers may have seen this product advertised and reviewed in the news this week. For the price of £125.00 anyone can order this kit and take a test, which then provides you with certain genetic information, including some health related matters. We would like to remind anyone wishing to be tested for thalassaemia, sickle cell or other unusual haemoglobins, that testing and genetic counselling for these conditions is available free of charge from the NHS. Anyone wanting a test should contact the UK Thalassaemia Society or Sickle Cell Society for more information.