There are several companies which now offer an at home DNA kit. 23andMe is one of the largest, and has the extra benefit of having the second most extensive data base too.
Where 23andme stands out above the competition is in the fact that it gives you a lot of very easy to understand information about your test results.
23andme was subjected to a very thorough review by the DHA and was authorized in 2015 to report on any genes that could increase your risk of a health conditions. By 2017 thy were passed to report on genetic health.
The company have two kits. One is Ancestry, shown above and the other is the Health plus Ancestry kit.
For health reasons, it would be more useful to make use of the Health plus Ancestry kit.
HEALTH FEATURES: Know your genes. Learn how genetics can influence your chances of developing certain health conditions. Find out if you’re a carrier for certain inherited conditions. Discover what your DNA has to say about your well-being and how it can influence certain lifestyle choices.
ANCESTRY AND TRAITS FEATURES: Know your personal story in a whole new way. Discover your ancestry composition and where in the world your DNA is from across 2000+ regions. Automatically start your Family Tree using your DNA. See what your DNA might have to say about your taste and smell preferences. Discover how DNA can affect your ability to match a musical pitch or whether you hate the sound of chewing.
PRIVATE AND PROTECTED: Your data is encrypted, protected, and under your control. You decide what you want to learn and what you want to share.
One of the best features of this test is that it gives you the ability to control what you find out and what you don’t find out.
There may be very good reasons for you NOT wanting to know something, and this test gives you that ability.
On top of finding out new information about your genes, you will also be able to see where in the world your ancestors came from.
There is also an opt in, should you wish to trace some of those who share your DNA. This would give you a quick start to discovering your family tree.
All in all, with this kit you can gain extra knowledge about who you are. From the color of your eyes to whether or not you can match a musical pitch.
Are home DNA kits worth trying?
If you are sure that you want extra information about your genes, these tests can be very good for providing you with that extra information.
They are accurate with predictive gene testing. The FDA run very stringent tests before they will approve a testing company.
23andme are approved by the FDA, and are the company with the most easy to read and understand results.
However, there are mixed reviews of the accuracy of the information about your ancestry. Some people have claimed that their results were wildly inaccurate.
Others have complained of a lack of customer support, and a slow response to emails.
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