This Tool Helps Your Learn About Your Ancestry And Health (And It's 50% Off On Black Friday)

You can learn a lot from a little spit.

November 24, 2017
23andme Saliva kit
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23andMe is a company that began in 2006 with the goal of helping people learn and understand more about their genetic makeup, specifically, their ancestry, genetic traits, and genetic health risks. It's now become so mainstream, the test has become a verb.

Since then, more than 2 million people have submitted their DNA for analysis and detailed reporting on their genotype, and 23andMe-ing—posting genetic makeup on social media—is, of course, now a thing. (If you struggle with your weight, it could be genetic.)

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Decoding your DNA isn't cheap, but today, 23andMe is 50% off on Amazon for Black Friday. Today only, it's $99.99, marked down from the usual price of $199. It's serious business learning that kind of information, and the results may inspire you in all sorts of ways.

For example, when one of our writers took the test, she learned she was a carrier of Gaucher disease type 1, a metabolic disease with a range of symptoms including bone problems, anemia, and an enlarged spleen and liver. Armed with that information, she was able to consult a certified genetic counselor for advice before starting a family.

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So in addition to providing interesting insight into your ancestral makeup, the test provides information on whether or not you're a carrier for certain diseases (like cystic fibrosis), if you're at risk for certain genetic diseases (like late-onset Alzheimer's), what genetic traits you have (like hair loss), and how those traits may affect your health.

 

The test is meant to be an informative tool, a relatively inexpensive way to get a deep dive into your genetic makeup. If you have serious concerns about your health, you should always consult a certified genetic counselor or your doctor. (Make sure you ask your doctor these 7 questions at your next appointment.)

This deal ends tonight, so get it while you can.

The article 23AndMe Is 50% Off On Amazon For Black Friday originally appeared on Prevention.