Exploring Genetics: The 23andMe DNA Project


Genetics has always fascinated me – it was the subject I was most serious about studying in college as a high school student, and I even scored a sweet job in a genetics lab as a college freshman. An interest in genetics was the one thing Mike and I had in common when we met! We both ultimately decided to study other subjects, but the subject of human genetics continues to fascinated me (as well as Mike) – so of course I jumped at the chance to try out 23andMe’s DNA testing kit.

Named the Times magazine “Invention of the Year” in 2008, 23andMe is the world’s largest DNA-based ancestry service; it also provides over 240 health reports. 23andMe originally cost over $1000; this price has since been lowered to a more-affordable $99.

Saliva Collection Kit Single

When you pay for the service, you get a saliva collection kit, which you then mail back. After a few weeks, you get an email with your results. You have the chance to connect with relatives who have also completed the kit, and explore your risk for various health problems. I opted out of meeting relatives online, but found all of the health information interesting. I was a little frustrated that, as a woman, this kit can only trace my maternal line. Both maternal and paternal lines can be traced from male samples, and I would love for 23andMe to eventually work out a way to trace both lines for women as well as men.

Have you ever done any genetic testing? Would you be interested in trying a kit like this? Why or why not?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


  1. says

    I love that your common interest in genetics is one of the things that started your friendship with Mike!!

    This sort of testing has never crossed my mind previously. Maybe because my and my husband’s bloodlines are VERY mixed! :)

    • says

      I thought the medical results were very interesting – although I also think it is very important to look at them from a statistical point of view, so as to prevent misinterpretation of the results.

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