23andMe DNA Testing Kit Giveaway


Here's the Kit. Cool graphics, huh?

Here's the Kit. Cool graphics, huh?

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been writing a bit (!) about 23andMe for the past few months. I’ve contemplated the difference between my jeans and my genes, I’ve wondered why my family (who all have kits) won’t spit, I’ve worried about how much to share, how much info is too much. But mostly, I’ve spent the last several months amazed at both the plethora of information you get from having a DNA Test at 23andMe, and the incredible generosity of the 23andWe community where someone always seems ready to answer my questions immediately. (And every time – as this time – I have full disclosure, I am a paid freelance employee of 23andMe. And if you think that means I can’t be unbiased about the service – you’re just WRONG.!)


Now, the fabu people at 23andMe have given me a chance to offer you the chance to win the DNA Testing Service for yourself. It’s worth $399 and gives you access to detailed information about your traits, family background and health predispositions—to enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post answering one of the following questions:

Is there anything about your family background that you hope genotyping might help you figure out?
One of the main goals of 23andMe is to further research into the genetic aspect of our health. How do you think having more information about your own genes might help you manage your health?
What would you do if you found out you were predisposed to something…let’s just say scary. Would you freak out, or feel empowered?

I’ll use Random.com to pick a winner. Now the legal mumbo jumbo: The contest is open to legal residents of the USA, ages 18 or older and the winner is responsible for any applicable taxes. Here’s a link to the official rules:

Comments will be open until 11 PM on Sunday, June 28, and will contact the winner sometime on Monday, June 29. Make sure you leave your email (it won’t show up in your comment online) so I can let you know you’ve won. 

Good Luck Everybody!


  1. Andrei says

    I think my background is Russian/Ukranian, but I want to find out more about it and what other ethnicities are involved.

  2. Brian Graham says

    If I found that I had “something scary” I would do what I can to try to treat it if possible and if that was not possible, I would try to do what I can to make my remaining time on Earth enjoyable and also focus more on what I can do to make the world a better place with the time I have left.

  3. max says

    My extended family was murdered during the Cambodian genocide. As a result, my only family is my immediate family. I’ve tried to get my parents to talk about their parents and siblings, but they are so traumatized over their experiences, they refuse to mention anything from that time period. Genotyping won’t tell me where my grand parent’s came from, but at least it will tell me where my ancestry lies, and that is better than nothing.

  4. CC says

    Can’t I both freak out and feel empowered? 🙂 I’d SO MUCH rather have any kind of medical advance warning at all, even if the condition is completely hideous and unpreventable. Excellent motivation to spend my earthly time well and make sure advance medical directives are in place.

  5. krrh says

    If I found out I was predisposed to something scary I would find it totally empowering. Whatever it might be I don’t understand how knowing about it in advance is any less preferrable to knowing about it near the end and only for a short period of time. And if it causes me to make adjustments to my lifestyle that give a slightly better lead or outcome then all the better. If all it resulted in was me savoring the te I had without the disease developing then even that would be a gift.

  6. fngkestrel says

    “What would you do if you found out you were predisposed to something…let’s just say scary. Would you freak out, or feel empowered?”

    I think my initial reaction would be to freak out, but after the initial shock wore off, I’d actively take measures to tilt the odds in my favor as much as possible.

  7. bobnamy says

    What would I do if I found out I was predisposed to something scary? I would both freak out, and perhaps not feel exactly empowered, but definitely better prepared, and fortunate to be informed. I’d be grateful to have to opportunity to perhaps look into enrolling in early phase clinical trials (if applicable), and most importantly, living my life to the fullest and most appropriate way within the context of whatever lies ahead. Knowledge is power and peace!

  8. Dawiz says

    I think finding out that I was predisposed to something scary would bring immense amount of sadness fear. I would definitely still go through the various stages such as denial, anger etc BUT this is not going to happen at some random point during a hospital checkup for a cough. This will give me a heads up and will definitely also empower me to be proactive about it, plan things ahead and enough time to be mentally at peace with things. .

  9. says

    At first I was thinking this might be interesting for my husband who’s of the “the more you know the better you can prepare.” But now that I think about it, it would make a great gift for my Dad. This would provide him with insight on his background (he’s an eastern European mutt) and would also provide my children and I insight into our genetic heritage.

    Thanks for an interesting giveaway!

  10. Sam says

    My grandfather had type 2 diabetes and my grandmother (as well as some other 2nd cousins) had leukemia and I would like to know if I am at an increased risk for either disease. Also, I am a computer scientist and I’m very interested in genetics. I have done some sequence analysis of SNP data, so I would love to get a chance to look at some of my own SNPs. I’m sure that over the next few years there will be an exponential increase in our knowledge of genetic risk factors and common variants.

  11. says

    my father was adopted, he did not tell us this until i was in my 20’s, i am very curious about the health on his side.

  12. says

    I would be scared to find out about a possible illness, but I would also be grateful for the opportunity to start fighting it now. My father died very young of cancer Possibly related to his work as a fire fighter) so it would be nice to know if I carried that gene. I think that everyone who has a parent who died young gets more and more scared as they approach that age. It would be great to know that I could put it out of my mind too.
    Thanks for the chance to win this, I’ve wanted to do it since they launched.

  13. says

    This is something that interests me a great deal because of my I family history of early-onset Alzheimers. Thanks, Amy

  14. says

    Is there anything about your family background that you hope genotyping might help you figure out?

    Definitely! I’m Nigerian-American, and I’ve been told by many relatives that the tribe from which I descend in Nigeria (Igbo) migrated from Israel. There’s a wikipedia article about it (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igbo_Jews), but I’m still not sold!

    I don’t expect 23andMe to have ALL the answers, but I’d really like to find out if my potential Middle Eastern heritage is founded. Thanks!

  15. says

    My maternal grandmother had breast cancer and my own mother has had several scares. We’ve often talked about getting the genetic testing, so that’s what I’d be interesting in finding out!

  16. Ann Harmon says

    My mother had a variety of auto immune issues and I would like yo know I’d I haves predisposition to any of them and do what I can to take care of it. If I found out something deadly I would do what was available both homeopathically and medically and then live my life to the folkest.

  17. says

    What would you do if you found out you were predisposed to something…let’s just say scary. Would you freak out, or feel empowered

    Well, freaking out is the natural first response, but then I would educate myself about the condition and take the necessary preventative measures — in some cases it may be possible to prevent or minimize the chances of something from happening. In other cases, it may be a matter of being better prepared and intervening early. I’ve always believed knowledge is power!

    I would be utterly fascinated to get a glimpse into my DNA!

  18. says

    I guess finding out that I was predisposed for something would be scary or empowering depending on whether it was something I could take preventive measures against. Or be on the lookout for.

  19. says

    The more infor the better, I always say. But I would give this to my husband, who have little or not family left. I think this would help him get a sense of what he can or can not look forward to so I am hopeful that genetic testing can give him and my children a glimpse if their history and possible future.

  20. says

    I’d love to know more about my background, and of course to see if there is anything I need to be looking out for. If I cound something scary, I would aggressively pursue preventive steps to keep it from spreading. Would love to win this!

  21. Singlemom says

    I just recently became a single mom. I want an idea of what conditions I’m at risk for, so I can plan and buy insurance accordingly. Absolutely have to make sure my child is taken care of.

  22. Susan says

    Having information about my genes would help arm me with the information needed to approach my health and how lifestyle plays into my future.

  23. says

    Gene testing shows whether a person has the genetic mutation for an inherited disorder. A person who is a carrier does not develop symptoms of the disorder but can pass the genetic mutation on to his or her children. The premarital genetic testing for couples would help to identify and avoid stigmatization. I would love to have a kit for couples…

  24. Yatin Gadgil says

    My family belongs to a caste/community called Chitpavan Brahmin in India. Due to some reasons (physical features in part) there are a few hypotheses around the community’s origin:
    1) Originated around Eastern Europe and members traveled down the land route, over the Himalayas and down to Western coastal region of India
    2) Originated around Eastern Europe and traveled via the sea route (reasons unknown) and were ship wrecked on the Western coastal region of India and settled right around there
    3) Originated locally. Features likely different due to intermarrying with invading Europeans (which wasn’t very common)

    Almost a Spencer Wellsian journey I would like to know more about.

  25. Amanda May says

    I think knowledge is power, and can only help you make the decisions we all face in life. Knowing that you’re predisposed to something bad can sometimes help you avoid it; if not then it may guide you in the way you choose to live your life.

  26. Elizabeth says

    I’d be really interested in this test because of family stories about Gypsy and American Indian ancestry. I’d be fascinated to find out if this could be proven from my DNA.