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I’m 2.7% Neanderthal; how about you?

In the late spring/early summer of 2012, I decided that it was high time for me to find out more about my genetic makeup. Since DNA testing was finally priced in a way that was reasonably affordable for someone with a high interest in knowing this sort of thing, I went for it (it was $299 then; ONLY $99 now!). After researching the various companies that do this type of testing, I chose 23andme. I have been absolutely thrilled with the ONGOING results that they’ve given me.

The test is simple: Fill the plastic tube (that they send to you) with saliva, then mail it back in their ready-made box. Results slowly come in starting about 6-8 weeks later. I did my test about a year and a half ago, and I’m still regularly getting new results. 23andme has hundreds(?) of questionnaires that you can choose to fill out or not, depending on how much help you personally want to be in the studies. From these they figure out the correlations between specific genes and what they mean.

So, I’m 2.7% Neanderthal. What are you?

With my testing, I’ve been able to confirm a lot of things, but I’ve also had a few surprises. I mean, it’s pretty obvious to anyone looking at me that I have red hair and blue eyes. But, who knew that I have a little bit of African in me? Wow! And, I’m a little bit Jewish. That is a huge shock. I’m also 4.0% Iberian… What’s Iberian? Huh. Who knew? Not me. Awesome!

I was also was pleasantly surprised to see that it’s in my DNA that I get nauseous under about a thousand circumstances. It’s not my imagination! 😉 My happiest surprise is that I’ve met a 2nd cousin who I didn’t know existed (she was adopted as a baby, and we still don’t know who her biological parents are), and this is what it’s all about!

What’s the biggest thing you think you might be surprised about in your DNA? Are you worried about anything?

Through 23andme, a person can find out where their ancestors came from, what diseases they are apt to get (or not get), what drug reactions they might have, and so very, very much more! I very highly recommend it.

Check out my DNA ancestral makeup: