DNA tests have been around for a while, but they’re kind of pricey. Even if you're itching to know more about your ancestry, you might not want to shell out a lot of dough to do it. Well, you, your genes and your wallet can breathe a sigh of relief because there's a mega-sale on various 23andMe kits right now.
The best bargain of the bunch? This DNA test, which rings in at $99, down from $229 — over 55% off. (PS: It would make a great gift for relatives this holiday season.)
Why is it a good deal?
This offer is pretty amazing, pretty rare and, unlike your family lineage, pretty short-lived. We haven't seen the price drop this low for 23andMe kits since Prime Day, so go ahead and score the kit you’ve been eyeing for ages. It’ll make for a fun afternoon or a great gift for a loved one — and it's sure to be an interesting adventure, no matter what you discover.
Why do I need this?
There’s a lot to love about this deal. The kit includes the standard Ancestry Service, as well as more than 85 DNA-based online reports on your Health Predispositions, Carrier Status (a test that determines if you carry certain inherited conditions), Wellness and Traits with just one test. After taking the test, you’ll get reports on how your genes play into your well-being and lifestyle choices, how DNA influences your facial features, taste and smell, and where your DNA is from out of more than 2,000 regions in the world.
The kits were developed and designed by world-class scientists and medical experts, and they have a great reputation. As for the process itself, it's totally painless: You just provide a saliva sample using the at-home kit and send it in. Your results will be ready in about four or five weeks.
What reviewers say
Who knows what you could discover? More than 29,000 Amazon shoppers have been wowed by this kit.
"I found my dad," said a five-star reviewer. "I'm a sperm-donor baby. I followed the instructions, spat in the vial, and found my genetic father. Life is weird but good. Thanks 23andMe."
"I was delighted to receive it, since I do not have much medical history from my biological father's side," shared this curious customer. "It also showed me a good part of my family tree I was not aware of. All in all, this is a great gift to give or get."
"No royalty in my family tree — just sheep stealers," lamented one shopper. "Better luck next life."
"I am aware that the product does not provide professional medical advice, but it is a nice screening tool. Not anywhere near the level of what you would expect from professional genetic counseling, especially in regard to the inherited genetic variants section," said a repeat buyer, "but it’s really fun to find connections of relatives. I have given this to multiple family members for Christmas and birthday presents. I bought one for myself too. I like the ancestry portion and I’m having fun matching in creating my family tree."
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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