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

Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored
Updated Tue April 23, 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

The 23andMe Ancestry DNA kit ($169, originally $199; 23andme.com) can help you learn so much more than just where your ancestors came from.

Its most comprehensive kit can help assess your potential genetic health risks, help you better understand 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.

After purchasing the kit, a tube will be sent to you. Simply fill it with your saliva and mail it to the lab. After a few weeks, you'll receive access to a variety of unique and interesting results.

With more than 75 different overall health reports that adhere to FDA regulations, the test can map out how your genetics may influence risks for certain diseases, such as Parkinson's or Celiac. In terms of wellness, it can also let you know how your genes map out your sleep patterns, your weight and how certain healthy habits, such as limiting red meat, can specifically influence your body. Other interesting features include the test's traits section, which analyzes how your DNA influences things like your looks and taste buds, as well as its carrier status analysis, an FDA-approved test that reports if you may be a carrier for certain inherited conditions.

While the test is by no means the be all, end all, and is not intended to detect diseases or conditions, it can help you understand how your DNA influences your day-to-day well being.

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 can give you a breakdown of your ethnicity, your maternal and paternal haplogroups, which aim to trace your ancestors' migration patterns on both your sides of your family, and an analysis of Neanderthal DNA. All of these tests, as well as the robust information that comes along with them, make this one of the most comprehensive kits on the market.

In addition, 23andMe also offers its Ancestry DNA Kit ($99; 23andme.com). This at-home DNA service analyzes your DNA against over 1,000 regions worldwide. The goal is to track your lineage from your ancestors who lived more than 1,000 years ago and see exactly where they migrated and when.

23andMe is unique compared to other DNA kit purveyors for the level of detail and insights it can give you about this timeline. You can see your ancestry traced throughout generations and pinpoint the approximate year and generation you had an ancestor that descended from a single population or ethnicity. The chart below is an example of this, where you can clearly pinpoint how certain populations were passed down by your grandparents, great grandparents or even your fifth-great grandparents.

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 DNA Day. The aforementioned one is now just $169, a bargain compared to its typical $199 price tag.

If you're looking for an even more affordable (albeit less comprehensive) alternative, its standard Ancestry Kit is just $99. While it won't give your friends and family access to the same in-depth features, it still makes for a super unique and thoughtful gift that they're is sure to love.

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