Personal Experiments, Uncategorized

23andMe Genetic Testing

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23andMe is one of the most well known genetic testing companies available. I chose to do 23andMe over two years ago and continue to log into my account to look at the updates regularly. They use a saliva sample to do a DNA panel. I did the full package, both ancestry and health report.

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They provide 90+ reports that allow you to learn more about your health, wellness, carrier status, and ancestry, which they continuously update and add to. 23andMe is linked with scientific researchers who apply to access your DNA. You can be further involved by voluntarily taking surveys to contribute to the database while continuously learning more about yourself.

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Personally, I have learned a lot about myself and enjoy feeling connected to the expanding science database. Although the ancestry was fascinating, I was most curious about my health reports since there has been breast and ovarian cancer in my family. I found that I do not have the variants of the BRCA gene associated with higher risk for developing breast cancer (although this is no guarantee that I will not get breast cancer).

23andMe does a great job at explaining how to interpret the results and the limitations that genetic testing has. They also continue to give the user a disclaimer and the ability to not view potentially more sensitive health reports like any genetic risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s or various cancers. In addition to these more serious reports, they provide extremely interesting and strange reports too! Some of my favorites are the “Muscle Composition” and the “Asparagus Oder (in urine) Detection”.

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I continue to find 23andMe easy to use, pleasantly informative and would recommend it to anyone looking for a genetic testing company!

Becca Malizia, age 25 → lactose intolerant, gluten sensitive


Resources:

  1. Learn more about 23andMe and the services they provide here!
  2. Check out other testing companies in our post here!

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