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I was a little hesitant to try 23andMe, but Brandon and I decided it was smart idea to find out more about our backgrounds. We looked into it, and learned that the name ‘23andMe’ comes from the fact that human DNA is organized into 23 pairs of chromosomes. The more we read, the more we wanted to know.

Who knew you could deduce all of this information from spit…23andMe allows you to experience your DNA in a whole new way. You’ll learn about your ancestry, traits, and health through genetic analysis. See how your DNA ancestry breaks out globally, discover how much Neanderthal DNA you inherited, explore genetic similarities with your relatives, and connect with people who share similar DNA with you. You’ll even be able to see which regions around the world your ancestors come from and learn how your DNA can influence your facial features, hair, taste preferences, sleep quality and much more.

We were so excited to get our kits, and it ended up being the easiest process-you collect saliva with the tube they provide, register your kit online, seal it, and send it back in the pre-paid box it came in.

Within a few weeks we got to see our genetic information. I was so shocked to find out that I’m 22.9% Italian?! I asked my parents about it, and they were surprised too! Brandon found out he was 99.6% Eastern European (he was hoping for something super exotic-ha!) 23andMe’s Personal Genetic Service was created to help people understand their DNA, and that’s what it did for us.

Because of our experience with the DNA kit, my sisters, my parents, my in-laws, and my friends couldn’t get over how cool and easy it was for me to learn more about where I come from. I figured, what a great idea to give them the chance to do the same. As your loved ones get together this holiday season, discover more about the genetic connections you share.

To check out their holiday promotions and order your own 23andMe kit go to 23andMe.com/somethingnavy Happy holidays and thank you to 23andMe for giving us the gift of genetic research, and for sponsoring this post!

By Arielle Charnas

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