Advantages of Using the 23andMe Test for Medical History Information

People today are increasingly interested in their heritage. This could be because people are living longer and thus more likely to develop hereditary diseases. It could also be because our would is getting smaller and people want to know more about their ancestry. Home DNA testing kits make it easy to find these answers. There are two very popular tests available and they have some similarities but also some significant differences.

Price

For about $100, both Ancestry.com and 23andMe will provide genealogy information. Only the 23andMe test will provide limited medical information. In order for someone to find out if they have an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Gaucher disease or alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, they will have to pay about another $50 and also pay a shipping fee. While these tests may not tell a person whether they will get a disease, it might help them plan for their future and make decisions with their loved ones or medical professionals. Using a service like 23andMe can help a person save money on genetic testing by letting them know if additional testing is even necessary.

Results

It tends to take longer to receive results from Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com typically sends a confirmation about two weeks after receiving the samples. It may then take up to eight weeks to receive the full results. Some people receive their results sooner. On the other hand, 23andMe sends customers a confirmation about a week after getting the samples and then sends preliminary results two weeks after that. Full results are usually available within a week of the preliminary results. When results are needed quickly, it pays to use the faster service.

Ancestry.com has been around a little longer and has a large amount of data to use to compare results. It does not offer medical screening at this time. 23andMe offers customers an early warning about conditions they may develop in the future. The results it provides could help people who are unsure about their family medical history, such as those who were adopted and not provided with medical information about their biological parents.