Choice #2

4.3/5 Stars

#2 23 and Me

23andMe provides high-quality services compared to most companies in the DNA testing industry. Their Ancestry reports are some of the most detailed and accurate. They also offer several more health and wellness reports than most DNA testing services. They’re generally considered a reputable company, but there are many conflicting customer reviews online.

Background of the Company:

23andMe was founded in 2006 by Anne Wojcicki, Linda Avey, and Paul Cusenza. Their goal is to “help people access, understand, and benefit from the human genome.” To date, they have published more than 100 peer-reviewed studies in scientific journals.

Their Services:

23andMe offers 2 different packages: Ancestry ($99) or Health + Ancestry ($199). The Ancestry package includes 5 reports:

  • Ancestry Composition (a basic breakdown of your genetic Ancestry)
  • Maternal Haplogroup Report (mtDNA)
  • Paternal Haplogroup Report (Y-DNA)
  • Neanderthal Ancestry Report
  • DNA Relatives (a list of people who have similar DNA – possible relatives, etc)

The Health + Ancestry package includes all of the above with several other reports. Most are related to health and wellness, such as risks and predispositions, but some are simple genetic trait reports like hair color and taste preferences.

These are all very above average reports, but they’re #2 on our list simply because many of these reports aren’t quite as detailed as our #1 choice.

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