I recently blogged about WellnessFX, which offers blood testing and analytics for optimal health…but there is another service I’ve been using for several years now (and been very happy with) called 23andMe – and there is some great news on this front. They’ve dropped their genetic analysis price from $299 to $99! If you haven’t used 23andMe in the past, now may be a good time to start! If you are looking for that perfect and unique Christmas present for that special someone – this is a great option as well. (If you haven’t guessed already, I do get compensated by 23andMe for each sale that goes through my site…but I don’t talk up products unless I believe in them!)
I’m not going to go into a ton of detail about 23andMe, you can go to their website to learn all about their services – but I do want to just highlight a few of the things that make me really love 23andMe:
- The service provides insight into what genetic predispositions towards various illnesses (or away from them) one has, allowing one to focus on taking steps to be healthier in ways that particularly counter those illnesses.
- The service provides insight regarding medications – which will be effective and which will have limited effectiveness for one’s genetic makeup.
- By participating in the service one also has the constant opportunity to contribute to scientific advances by (choosing explicitly to) sharing genetic data and information about oneself through surveys. This has already resulted in some interesting and significant advances.
- You are provided with many insights about your ancestry based on genomic information – for instance, I’m distantly related to Stephen Colbert on my mother’s side!