Do you know what the best invention of 2008 is? It’s the retail DNS tester. Yes, the simple Joes can now check for DNA compatibility for whatever motive possible. Paternity tests, maternity tests… it’s not rocket science anymore.
As the manufacturer’s website says… “see your genes in a whole new light!”. It would seem that you are now able to check your genes and compare what was passed on to your children.
You know how much this retail DNA tester costs… US$399 plus tax and shipping. It is cool to note though that this kit is not just solely for paternity and maternity tests. Their website explains that DNA testing are beneficial to four areas:
1. Health and Traits – Discover how your genes influence your health and traits. Get your data on over 90 traits and diseases, with more topics added every month.
2. Ancestry – See your personal history through a new lens with high-resolution maternal and paternal lineage, ancestry painting, and similarity to various global populations.
3. Sharing and community – 23andMe is the leader in giving you secure, simple options to share your genetic information with family and friends. See what you have in common and what makes you unique! You can also post stories and questions for other members of the 23andMe community.
4. Research – For the first time, anyone can help advance research by participating in our research program, 23andWe. Through online surveys that simultaneously collect scientific data and enhance the experience for our customers, 23andWe is designed to reveal the genetic basis of disease and contribute to making personalized medicine a reality.
Check out how it works… and ummm, you’d still need a lab to give you the certified results!