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23AndMe genetics analysis kit arrived!

04 May 2010  |  Tags: , ,

Last week 23andme had a sale in which their $499-kit for DNA/Genetics analysis was just $99 for a day! …Naturally I jumped on this! I’d been considering the analysis for a long time.

I received the package a few days ago:

23andme.

One thing I was fascinated by is their attention to privacy and detail with this kit. For example, the lab doesn’t receive your name or personal information. The barcode on the sample tube (which you fill with your saliva after not eating or drinking for 30-minutes) is referenced back to you outside of the processing center directly with 23andme’s website. It is impossible for anyone except 23andme themselves to know whose saliva belongs to whom. This is great!

Spit into the tube?

I will say that their Consent Disclosure is a bit eyeopening, as you may learn about disease you’re prone to or conditions such as hairloss in advance of what’s to come. However, I feel pretty healthy and am very health-conscious… and bad news on the test may not remain correct as new gene information is uncovered. So who cares! It’s not “guessing” but new discoveries are made over time and 23andme will always update your profile with new information about yourself when it’s made available.

In addition to all of this, you get to learn about your ancestry. I’ll post as many of my results as I can in the next few weeks! (They said 6-8 weeks for processing.)

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