About 4 weeks ago I decided to live on the wild side and I ordered my 23andme kit. For $199 dollars I’m going to get a carrier status report letting me know if I have any inherited conditions I may pass along (pretty sure I do not), learn where I came from (Fall River by way of Europe and Canada I’ve been told), a wellness report so I can make better choices about diet and exercise (we’ll see), trait reports to see what makes me unique (not sure I had to spit in a cup for this one, pretty sure I know myself by now), and interactive tools I can share, compare, and discover (which I plan on sharing with you!).
The kit has been sitting my desk drawer for a few weeks now. I thought I would have torn into it immediately but I have to say about 10% of me was a bit hesitant. I wonder if my genetic report will comment on that! So today I took the plunge. I opened it up and inside I found a clear tube which you have to spit in until you fill it up to the line. Look how much spit you need:
Once you fill to the line you seal it up, put it back in the box, and mail it off. The mailing label is already attached and paid for. You register the sample online and answer some random questions about who you are and your past medical history. That took about 10 minutes. In 6-8 weeks I should find out more about me. I will report back with my results and my opinion of if it’s worth the $199.