August 30, 2017

A couple months ago I let the wine lead me and finally took the plunge. I ordered a 23 and Me DNA kit. I've been patiently waiting for the results and they came back recently. 

After looking at all the percentages I felt.... off. It didn't make anything more clear or answer any questions but suddenly 32 years of utter speculation had gone out the window. I had cold hard "likelihoods" staring back at me. 

There was only one thing that surprised me. I expected to have a higher percentage of Native American heritage. I've always been under the impression that my maternal grandmother was predominantly Native American, but now I wonder. I'm hoping I can convince my mom to do this so I can see where she falls and therefore find out more about me. 

To dive a little deeper, the European breaks down like this:

Sub-Saharan African  51.0%
West African  42.6%   (Bantu, Cameroonian, Ghanian, Ivorian, Liberian, Luhya, Mandenka, Nigerian, Sierra Leonean, Yoruba)
East African  2.6%  (Eritrean, Ethiopian, Maasai, Somali)
Central & South African  2.0%  (Biaka Pygmies, Mbuti Pygmies, San)
Broadly Sub-Saharan African  3.8%
European  46.4%
Northwestern European 31.1%  (Irish, United Kingdom)
British & Irish  9.2%
Scandinavian  3.1%  (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish)
Broadly Northwestern European  18.9%
Southern European  7.3% 
Broadly Southern European  7.3%
Broadly European  7.9%
East Asian & Native American  1.2%
Southeast Asian  0.8%    (Burmese, Cambodian, Indonesian, Lao, Malaysian, Filipino, Thai, Vietnamese)
Native American  < 0.1%   
East Asian  < 0.1%
Broadly East Asian  < 0.1%
Broadly East Asian & Native American  0.3%
Unassigned  1.4%
There is a wide range of human diversity out there and sometimes our algorithm is unable to assign a region of DNA to a specific population. As we collect more data and update our algorithm, we expect that the amount of unassigned ancestry seen by customers will decrease.

I took it a step further and also ordered the health reports. These would give me insight into things like lactose intolerance, genetic weight, asparagus odor detection, sweet taste, carrier status traits and wellness, among other things.

I'm not going to go into too much detail here but here are some of the things that came up that I found interesting:

The one about curly hair made me laugh because I'm about as curly as they come. The one about genetic weight is fun because it actually makes sense. It stated the average {based on my height, age, gender} was 158. Add 5% to that and it put me at my ideal goal weight. 

The 23 and Me process is incredibly easy and straightforward. I expected 6-8 weeks for turnaround but I think it was closer to 4-5, which was nice. You get the kit in the mail, and although I would recommend reading the instructions, you simply spit into the test tube, mix in the stabilizer (for shipping) and send it back. Once your results are in you'll receive an email that breaks down their findings and all the reports you asked for (genetic or genetic and health).

At the end of the day, I know who I am. I know what I believe in, what I stand for. I know what lights me up, makes me cry, and sends me into a rage. 

I know what matters to me, and percentages on a piece of paper aren't it.

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  1. I find it super interesting, I hope your mom will do it too. I want to do it, maybe one day!

  2. I really want to do the ancestry one someday!