Wednesday, June 12, 2013

23 and Me: Genetic Testing

Back when I was in college, I was majoring in Chemistry.  With that major I had to take several classes involving Biology.  I really enjoyed learning about life and the science behind it.  One of my favorite Biology classes I took was genetics.  It was fascinating to me.  I thoroughly enjoyed learning about DNA.  Did you know that between two penguins, their DNA is 40 times more different than between 2 humans?  And they look almost exactly alike.  Crazy huh?  Things like that just boggle my mind and really interest me.

I have always wondered about my own DNA too.  Especially after having five kids, I'm interested in what kind of DNA that I have.  I thought for sure that I was going to have a red head since my husband is a red head, but both parents must be a carrier of that gene.

Did you know that there is now a way to find out about your own DNA?  Well there is.  23andMe is a company that tests your DNA. You send in a sample (spit in a cup) and then they run tests. 23andMe provides over 240 health reports.  You can find out all kinds of things about your genes.  Like if you are a carrier for certain diseases, like Cystic Fibrosis or Sickle Cell Anemia.  You can find out of your at risk of certain diseases likes diabetes, asthma, Rheumatoid Arthritis or Crohn's Disease.

Not only does the test shows health reports about diseases, but also what kind of traits that you have and can pass on.  This is what I am most interested about it.  The results of shows your traits like hair color, hair curl, freckles, height, eye color and several more.

Getting a personal genetic test from 23andMe is a way to learn about health risks and conditions.  For more information about it, check out their website.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.