I FINALLY have turned in my 23andMe Kit! I have had the kit for MONTHS and forgotten about it every day. Terrible, I know. I’m not sure who is more excited for the results though, me or my brother and his friends. Somehow, they believe that my ancestry results will reflect theirs because we are all Sudanese! Totally inaccurate belief by the way lol
I have been waiting to write this post for so long! I can’t remember which day I sent it in exactly but I just got the email that they received my kit as so I am excited to know what my DNA is composed of!
Basically, 23andMe is a company that takes your DNA and breaks it down to analyze certain features about you. Our DNA is what makes us who we are. In fact, the “23” in the name is based on the fact that each and every one of us has 23 chromosomes that come from our mom and 23 chromosomes that come from our dads. Chromosomes are what contain our genetic make-up or DNA.
23andMe takes that DNA and is able to determine where you came from based on where your ancestors came from. They are also able to tell you which type of diseases you are a carrier for or at risk of developing. Another feature that 23andMe offers is the opportunity for people to connect with relatives.
I’m not sure which of these features, I’m more excited for!
Anyways, let me tell you guys about when I first heard about 23andMe. I first heard about it back in 2010 or 2011 when I was sitting in one of medical anthropology classes. I don’t even remember what the topic was that made my professor talk about this but all I know is that afterwards, I went home and looked it up and had my eye on ordering a kit ever since.
I was heartbroken at the time because I couldn’t afford it being a college student and all, so I never bought it. Also, I think the price for the kit was much more expensive than it is now. I could be wrong though! I’ve always, always, ALWAYS had it in my mind to purchase a kit but I was never able to.
Then, one day, I was watching a YouTube video and the YouTuber talked about how if you are Sudanese and all 4 of your grandparents are Sudanese, you could contact them and get a free kit or something (this offer is expired now). She couldn’t have told me twice. I emailed them that second and fast forward to months later, I get my kit.
Lesson learned from this experience: Sometimes, years of patience gets you free things LOL
When the box came in the mail, I was too excited! Much to my surprise, there were only a few things in there. The box itself was really small (much smaller than I expected) and the kit basically contains a test tube that you spit in (for the DNA) and the bio-hazard and a little information packet with instructions.
I love how pretty this box is with all the colors by the way.
Here is what you will find inside:
This kit that I received is for the African Genetics Project which hopefully means I am going to get back a lot of data. This project seeks to gain better understanding of genetic similarities and differences between people in the different regions of Africa. I love that I can contribute to a research!!
When I got the kit, I opened the box carefully because you actually mail back that same box when you send in the sample. Before you spit in the tube, you have to register it online using the number on the test tube. Also, you have to wait 30 minutes after you eat before you spit in the test tube.
I think it’s better to just spit in the tube right after you wake up. I kept forgetting to do this, which is probably another reason it has taken me almost forever to send in my box!!
Below, you can see that I’ve already spit in the test tube and placed it in the bio-hazard bag and sealed it. The bag is really tiny. The picture makes it look big.
After I placed the test tube inside the bio-hazard bag, I then placed it inside of the box. To secure the test tube inside the box, you have to seal the box before mailing.
I believe the lab where your sample will go depends on where you live. For example, if you live in New York, it will probably go to some lab in NY. It doesn’t really make sense for your sample to travel all the way down to North Carolina to be analyzed….Unless, your sample really wanted to come down to NC for some Bojangles and sweet tea LOL
What I loved the most about this process was how easy and uncomplicated it was. The directions were so clear and so convenient. I’m a type of person who is always asking questions and I’m easily confused so for me to not ask any questions is miraculous!
23andMe is also great in that they send you emails with constant updates about what’s happening with your DNA and they will keep sending emails. It’s like they know I’m super excited to get my results! Stay tuned to read about my results!
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