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June 18, 2017

23 and Me

23 and Me launched in 2006, providing customers with a better understanding of their bodies and the DNA they’ll pass to their children. All you have to do is fill a tube with saliva, mail it back, and have it analyzed to determine some 100 risk factors for a number of diseases, inherited conditions, and an array of information about your ancestry.

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Surprisingly the dox did not look “doctor-y.” It felt fun!

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The test came with instructions that were very easy, a tube for me to spit in, and a special sealed bag to enclose the tube in when I was done. The kit comes with its own return shipping. All you have to do is pop it in the nearest mailbox and it’s on its way!

Side note: Don’t forget to register online before shipping.

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After seven weeks, my results arrived via email! The website is really easy to use and has some cool / interesting information. I found out I was Ashkenazi Jewish, so then I had my Mom and Grandma (from mom’s side) submit their 23 and package and they were also Ashkenazi Jew! Meaning I should go for a birthright trip haha. 

My ancestry breakdown – These reports let you explore what your DNA says about your origins and ancient ancestors.

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It was incredible to see all the different things the test could tell based on a sample of spit. The science of determining features based on a DNA sample is getting more advanced as time goes on. When it came to my results for appearance it was pretty spot-on.

Carrier Status Reports – These reports tell you about variants that may not affect your health, but could affect the health of your future family. For the conditions included in these reports, a person can be a carrier even if they don’t have a personal or family history of the disease.

Here are two examples:

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Traits Reports – These reports are a fun way to learn about how your DNA influences your physical appearance, preferences, and physical responses. The predictions are based on current knowledge of how genetic factors influence our traits.

Here are two examples:

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I think next year I will gift this to everyone for Christmas, because sharing knowledge is showing power!

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