Any journey of discovery and learning can be fun, but little can match unlocking the secrets of your own family with a DNA test kit, and AncestryDNA has one of the best around. These Ancestry DNA kit deals bring great discounts on several kits. For instance, Amazon is selling the AncestryDNA: Genetic Ethnicity Test for $99.00, which is 34% off the normal price. A perfect gift for the person in your life who already seems to have everything, Ancestry draws on its database of 18 million customers covering 1,500 different regions to give you ethnic and ancestry information. The 23andMe Traits kit builds on that information with additional reports on your physical and sensory traits like what foods you might react to and hair or eye color traits.
It couldn't be simpler to set up either. After you've ordered the kit, you'll receive a saliva collection tube, instructions and a pre-paid return envelope. Take the test, put it in the post back to Ancestry or 23andMe, and you should get your results back in six to eight weeks. Your DNA is compared with everyone in the company's database, "from small tribes in Africa to farmers in the Irish countryside," according to the website, giving you amazingly detailed background information.
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Ancestry and 23andMe aren't the only choice, of course; there are lots of excellent alternatives out there (and even some for your pets)!
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Today's best DNA kit deals
AncestryDNA: Genetic Ethnicity Test:
$99 $49 at Amazon
With this test, you can learn about your ancestry and where your DNA comes from across more than 1,500 regions. Plus, Ancestry will delve into its database of DNA data and family records to connect you with background family detail you might never have expected to learn.
AncestryDNA + Traits:
$119 $59 at Amazon
Get all the features of the standard AncestryDNA test kit, plus insight into your genetic traits that will reveal disposition for different physical and sensory traits. From eye and hair color to disliking certain herbs, it can reveal things you never knew about yourself.
23andMe DNA Test - Health + Ancestry: $184.29 at Walmart
If you’re looking for a test that also digs deeper into your health predispositions for things like Parkinson’s and carrier status for inherited conditions like cystic fibrosis, then this deal from Walmart is the place to look. 23andMe offers a comprehensive service and results in six to eight weeks.
How to choose a DNA kit
There are a growing number of competitively priced DNA testing kits on the market now and how much you want to learn can greatly alter the final amount you'll be paying. You want to make sure that you're spending your money in the right way, paying for the information you want and not things you're not interested in. Here are some of the key differences in DNA test kits to look out for.
Traits: The cheaper kits will often offer genetic traits as a feature of the results you'll receive back from the company. This means getting information about whether or not your taste buds react negatively to certain foods, chances of passing along certain hair and eye colors and other genetic, but not medical, features that your DNA holds.
Health: The next level up of DNA testing kits will offer health information based on your results. This will include your chances of contracting certain medical conditions such as diabetes, celiac disease and more. Many can also tell you if you're a carrier for certain conditions that could be passed onto future generations.
Community features: Most DNA testing kits will give you a robust report on your family heritage and the makeup of your genetics based on the regions that your ancestors came from. The next tier of experience is often a subscription that connects you to a wider community of members who share and investigate information to build out even more complete family trees. If this is the area you want to pursue, consider packages that offer this service.
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