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Thursday, July 14, 2011

37F Test Subject

One of the weird things I love about working at Stanford is being able to volunteer for studies on campus. One came up this week that was specifically looking for anyone who was NOT a Stanford undergrad. That's me! They ran me through the phone screen, and I went to the first session of a 3 month study.

Turns out, they're trying to assess people's reactions to hearing news about potential health risks associated with genetic screenings. So after dithering about discount deals on 23&Me, I never signed up for one. Now I get to do it for free! Actually, they're going to pay me. Cool eh?

So, I answered a bucketload of questions, took a math test, assessed my future mood about hearing results, and spit in a tube. The spit in the tube part was the hard part. That's a lot of spit! But five minutes later I'd managed to work it out.

I'll go back in a month to review results. A month later I'll go back again to reassess how I feel about the whole thing then. They'll call a couple of weeks later for a closing questionnaire. Then they'll turn over the 23&Me account to me for keeps. How awesome is that? Pretty darned awesome I must say.