ABOUT 23 AND ME
When it comes to the wonders of modern science and the convenience of the internet, there are few companies that bring the two together quite as well as 23andMe. With the commendable mission of helping individuals access and understand their genetic makeup, the company has been making cutting edge science available to people around the world.
Founded in 2006, 23andMe is one of the first companies to bring the human genome out of the science lab and into the hands of regular people wanting to know more. With a firm belief that individuals can greatly benefit from a detailed analysis of their DNA, the founders of 23andMe set out to break down the science behind our unique genetic makeup. Based in Mountainview, California the company sells their personal genome test in the US, Canada and the UK.
One of the best things about 23andMe is how easy it is to get your results. Those interested in finding out more about their genetic makeup can order their DNA collection kit through 23andme.com. The kit will arrive with detailed instructions on how to collect your saliva sample and register your kit's unique barcode online. After providing your sample, simply send the kit back to the company, and await the results of the genetic analysis. Once your information is ready, it will be uploaded onto your personal 23andMe profile, where you can review the findings and reap the benefits of having a wealth of knowledge concerning your lineage and your health.
Aside from the obvious cool-factor, there are definite benefits to having your DNA analyzed, some of which include:
Clear idea of health risks: 23andMe will analyze your DNA and include a list of potential genetic predispositions that may put you at a higher risk for certain diseases. This information can help you make adjustments to your lifestyle and allow you to stay one step ahead of potential health complications.
Plan for the future: If your test determines that you are a carrier for certain genetic conditions, the information can help you plan your future and be prepared for any complications down the road.
Learn about your history: A big part of your DNA report includes detailed info on your ancestry. Users can find relatives all over the world and learn more about their maternal and paternal lineage. The analysis will even include a pie chart, showing you exactly what percentage of your ancestry comes from different regions around the world.
As you can imagine, analyzing your genome does not come cheap. The kit costs about $200 and includes your detailed report. Deals for 23andMe are not very frequent, but when they do come, they usually offer $50 off the testing kit. When a deal from 23andMe becomes available, you will be able to find it here on this page.
When you're lucky enough to find a deal for the 23andMe testing kit, redeeming it is easy! Simply click on the deal and navigate to the 23andMe.com site. Any deals or promotions will be automatically applied to the price of the kit.
- 23andMe on Facebook: Interested in genetics and the science behind 23andMe? This Facebook page has plenty of interesting links to articles surrounding biotechnology and new discoveries in the field.
- 23andMe on Twitter: See what others are discovering about their health and ancestry using 23andMe. Read tweets @23andMe as well as interesting science-related posts from the company itself.
- 23andMe on Google Plus: Want to know what traits are common among people with a high percentage of Neanderthal DNA? Get links to fascinating research papers and interesting entries from the 23andMe blog.
- 23andMe on YouTube: Get to know the team of scientists behind 23andMe, and learn more about genetics and the complex process of extracting information from your DNA sample kit.
Questions and comments to 23andMe can be submitted via the direct form on the company's website.