I’d heard about 23andMe a few years ago, likely when it was launched, but I wasn’t going to give it a try until recently. They received a recent investment and dropped their kit from $299 to $99, which puts it into the “novelty” price range for something like this. I still find it stunning that this is even available for under a hundred dollars but this is the wonderful world we live in.
What is 23andMe?
23andMe is essentially “genetic testing light” and it’ll give you some insight into your ancestry and health just for spitting into a tube that they analyze. The ancestry section is actually pretty interesting as it’ll give you a genetic breakdown based on how much African, Asian, and European ancestry you have. It’ll then show you other 23andMe members who share DNA with you.
The health bit is a little less precise, with it telling you the genetic chances of you getting a particular disease. I’m skeptical about the accuracy of this (plus what are percentages anyway?). It might give you reason to wonder whether you should keep eating steak every week though!
So to get the kit, you pay up $99, get the kit, send it back, and wait 2-3 weeks. I’m going to order us a pair of kits and see what happens!