I signed up for 23andme last week and just sent in my kit today. All you have to do is spit into a tube they provide, mail it off, and within a month or so they’ll send you genetic data based on your DNA. As of November 21st, 2013, they also provided health data — such as how susceptible you are to certain diseases. However, thanks to bullying by the FDA, they can only provide raw genetic data for now. That’s a bummer, but I’m still interested in seeing my genetic data. Plus, there’s a program called Promethease that can import data from 23andme and generate a health report.

My 23andMe kit
My 23andMe kit

This may sound gross but I had no problem generating the amount of spit necessary to fill the tube. Thank the braces! They’re a foreign object, so wearing them makes you salivate more than usual. The body either thinks the braces are food, or it’s trying to get rid of them. Or both. Ha.

Well, I’ll post a follow-up in a few weeks once I get my genetic report!

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