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December 12, 2012, 03:12:30 PM
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I have some bitcoins but usually don't find places that accept it. There's a service that for sure I would like to spend my bitcoins. It is: https://www.23andme.com/ (Genetic testing for health).
I already asked on twitter for bitcoin payment method. I think could be interesting if Bitpay contact them to suggest Bitcoin.

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December 12, 2012, 03:13:55 PM
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I once bought 23andme service here for BTC, but only because I was fortunate enough to come across somebody who was selling a prepaid kit.

Companies claiming they got hacked and lost your coins sounds like fraud so perfect it could be called fashionable.  I never believe them.  If I ever experience the misfortune of a real intrusion, I declare I have been honest about the way I have managed the keys in Casascius Coins.  I maintain no ability to recover or reproduce the keys, not even under limitless duress or total intrusion.  Remember that trusting strangers with your coins without any recourse is, as a matter of principle, not a best practice.  Don't keep coins online. Use paper or hardware wallets instead.
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December 12, 2012, 03:22:06 PM
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I'd be weary.

For one, scientifically the whole concept of genetic predisposition can be only consistently applied to a small subset of very specific diseases the effects of which you would already be experiencing. Lifestyle choice is a much better indicator of associated risk.

Two, they have historically fucked up badly organizationally, mixing up DNA samples from patients with those of other patients:
http://blogs.nature.com/news/2010/06/consumer_genomics_company_snaf_1.html

Three, the business model is dying. They have dropped their price by a tenfold in a very short timeframe now. The price they are currently offering is not enough to cover the cost of DNA analysis. This looks like a last ditch effort to save a company on the brink of destruction.
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December 12, 2012, 03:24:25 PM
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They definitely didn't mess up my sample: they were able to accurately identify a large amount of information about me knowing nothing about me whatsoever.  It was very interesting.

Companies claiming they got hacked and lost your coins sounds like fraud so perfect it could be called fashionable.  I never believe them.  If I ever experience the misfortune of a real intrusion, I declare I have been honest about the way I have managed the keys in Casascius Coins.  I maintain no ability to recover or reproduce the keys, not even under limitless duress or total intrusion.  Remember that trusting strangers with your coins without any recourse is, as a matter of principle, not a best practice.  Don't keep coins online. Use paper or hardware wallets instead.
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December 12, 2012, 03:32:43 PM
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The problem is, they don't send the kit to my country (Brazil).
Is it possible someone from USA, buy the kit, sell for me in Bitcoin, and send to Brazil?
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December 12, 2012, 05:22:08 PM
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The problem is, they don't send the kit to my country (Brazil).
Is it possible someone from USA, buy the kit, sell for me in Bitcoin, and send to Brazil?
You could try something like borderlinks: https://www.borderlinx.com

You can get a US adress that re-mails everything to your real adress. Then you just need to order to that adress.
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December 12, 2012, 06:18:28 PM
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I need a service or person that accept bitcoin
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