For about 18 years, genealogical DNA testing kits have been a thing. Testing your DNA can help you find out important information about where your ancestors came from, why your hair is the color its, and it can put you in touch with family members you've never met. But one DNA testing kit can do so much more.
23andMe is an at-home genetic testing kit that not only offers ancestry service, but it can provide you with an understanding of your genetic makeup with "over 90 reports on genetic health risks, carrier status, and wellness and traits," according to the company. And it's all done from a saliva sample you mail in.
There are two service option: Ancestry Service, which gives a breakdown of your global ancestry by percentages, plus the chance to connect with relatives; and Health + Ancestry Service, which provides reports on diseases including celiac disease, late-onset Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and BRCA 1 and BRCA 2. You'll also find out if you're a carrier for diseases like cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, and hereditary hearing loss.
Wellness reports give you information on sleep, lactose intolerance, saturated fat/weight, and muscle composition. And 23andMe's traits reports cover hair color and texture, bitter taste perception, dimples, and freckles.
The results take six to eight weeks and are provided in your secure online account. You'll have access to the results forever, and whenever there's an update or a new report released, your results will be updated.
Ancestry Service is $99 and Health + Ancestry Service is $199. Click here to get started.