23andMe's most comprehensive DNA kit is finally on sale

Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored
Updated Thu May 2, 2019

Story highlights

  • The kit includes over 75 health reports that adhere to FDA regulations
  • They can help you better understand how your DNA plays a role in your overall wellness

Give Mom a gift that's truly unique this Mother's Day with 23andMe's Health + Ancestry Kit. The 23andMe Ancestry Service* ($169, originally $199; 23andme.com) goes beyond ancestry with health reports that provide insights into how your DNA can impact your chances of developing certain conditions, how your DNA plays a role in your overall wellness and other personal traits, and even if you could be a carrier for certain inherited conditions. It's the perfect way to celebrate what makes Mom special, especially since 23andMe is offering $30 off their Health + Ancestry Kit through May 13.

After purchasing the kit, a tube will be sent to you. Simply fill it with your saliva, register online and mail it to the lab. After a few weeks, you'll receive an email letting you know that your unique and interesting reports are available in your secure online account.

With more than 125 personalized genetic reports that adhere to FDA regulations, the service shows how your genetics may impact your risk for certain diseases, such as Parkinson's disease or Celiac disease*. In terms of wellness, it can also let you know how your genes can influence your sleep patterns, your caffeine consumption and the role healthy habits, such as limiting red meat, may have on your weight. Other interesting insights include the traits reports, which analyze how your DNA influences things like your facial features, taste and smell, and its carrier status reports*, which can indicate whether you are a carrier for inherited conditions ranging from cystic fibrosis to sickle cell anemia to hereditary hearing loss.

All of this makes the 23andMe Health and Ancestry DNA kit much more than just a way to map out your family tree. But if you're on the hunt for a comprehensive DNA kit that will do just that, you're still in luck.

It also gives you over 35+ specific ancestry reports, including your ancestry composition, which shows you a breakdown by region of your ancestry, explore your maternal and paternal lineage by discovering your haplogroups, which aim to trace your ancestors' migration patterns on both your sides of your family, and an analysis of Neanderthal DNA. With a comprehensive genetic ancestry breakdown, Mom can explore where her DNA is from out of over 1,000 regions worldwide.

It also makes a stellar holiday gift, especially for the person in your life who loves untraditional presents. Currently, 23andMe is offering a can't-miss deal, just in time for Mother's Day. The Health + Ancestry Kit is now just $169, a bargain compared to its typical $199 price tag.

The deal lasts from April 20 until May 13, 2019.

*The 23andMe PGS test includes health predisposition and carrier status reports. Health predisposition reports include both reports that meet US FDA requirements for genetic health risks and the 23andMe Type 2 Diabetes health predisposition report which is based on 23andMe research and has not been reviewed by the FDA. The test uses qualitative genotyping to detect select clinically relevant variants in the genomic DNA of adults from saliva for the purpose of reporting and interpreting genetic health risks and reporting carrier status. It is not intended to diagnose any disease. Your ethnicity may affect the relevance of each report and how your genetic health risk results are interpreted. Each genetic health risk report describes if a person has variants associated with a higher risk of developing a disease, but does not describe a person's overall risk of developing the disease. The test is not intended to tell you anything about your current state of health, or to be used to make medical decisions, including whether or not you should take a medication, how much of a medication you should take, or determine any treatment. Our carrier status reports can be used to determine carrier status, but cannot determine if you have two copies of any genetic variant. These carrier reports are not intended to tell you anything about your risk for developing a disease in the future, the health of your fetus, or your newborn child's risk of developing a particular disease later in life. For certain conditions, we provide a single report that includes information on both carrier status and genetic health risk. For important information and limitations regarding each genetic health risk and carrier status report, visit 23andme.com/test-info/.