The holiday season is all about friends and family more than anything else — okay and yes, and the delicious food and gifts. This year, we’ve figured out a way to combine almost all the best parts about the holiday season in one gift: DNA and ancestry kits. Talk about a dinner table conversation starter!
Finding out more about where and who we come from gives us bragging rights and even makes for a sweet bonding experience with the rest of our family. How cool would it be to relax at family gatherings this season and discuss which tiny town our great-grandparents originated from or which island our ancestors lived on? It might also be pretty funny to finally learn why that one family member has back hair or why our taste buds prefer certain flavors over others.
To help Us create these cool new holiday sharing moments, 23andMe currently has great deals on ancestry service kits.
These kits provide five reports which include Ancestry Composition, Maternal Haplogroup, Paternal Haplogroup, Neanderthal Ancestry and Your DNA Family.
Check out this example of the Ancestry Composition!
The test breaks down every single ethnic group our family is or was historically a part of and so much more! It is the DNA test we never knew we needed! How is that for a really cool Black Friday deal?
The information provided is like the ultimate list of fun facts which include everything about our physical traits like hair thickness, widow’s peak and skin pigmentation. The Health and Ancestry Service Kit also details characteristics like a fear of heights, our natural wake-up times and our sweet versus salty taste preferences.
Check out this sample of the Genetic Health Risk reports.
Of course, many of us often have an idea of what health conditions are most common in our families, but this kind of report is great for getting a more clear idea of exactly what health concerns we should pay more attention to based on our genetic makeup.
(Note: 23andMe acknowledges that they do not provide diagnoses and the brand recommends that shoppers consult with a healthcare professional.)
We also love that the 23andMe experience goes beyond the dinner table talk with our friends and family members. The brand also works with Apple’s ResearchKit app for iPhone which allows Us to help scientists and researchers conduct studies on different medical conditions with ease.
We can now upload the genetic information we scored from 23andMe and participate in larger medical studies on everything from asthma to heart disease to Parkinson’s Disease to autism by simply answering survey questions. The app lets us choose how many questions we answer and how much time we spend on the app so this is a great way to give back and it doesn’t cost us anything to do this part.
Tracing our family trees just got loads more fun and giving back is now much easier!
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