Spit to keep fit with futuristic kit

Subhasini Chandran runs 10 km regularly, and though she’s nearly 40, friends tell her she looks much younger. But when the Chennai-based writer heard that a simple, one-time, saliva-based test to predict her future health was coming to India, she couldn’t resist her curiosity. 

Chandran called up Hyderabad-based MapMyGenome, ordered a kit and spat into it. Within days, her genome was analyzed, with details of diseases she is likelier to get than most Indians.

Though Chandran has no immediate reasons to worry, a counselling session later, she was ready to re-examine her hyperactive lifestyle.

“It was a reality check,” Chandran said.     

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