Holiday gatherings mean too much food, too much drink and far too much small talk. If you're looking forward to those endless hours of innocuous banter, good on you. But if you're dreading the countless inane conversations-or the very real possibility that one misguided political comment (or drunken assertion) could set off a maelstrom that ruins the day-we've got a tip that can help this year's family gathering
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By now you've heard about 23andMe, the innovative DNA test that allows you to uncover your ancestry and family heritage. Online DNA research has published a study of their families and their families.
If you were good enough to take advantage of 23andMe's Thanksgiving sale, chances are you'll get your test results back before your family gets together for the holidays. Using the DNA from a simple saliva sample, 23andMe culls data from more than 150 regions around the world to help determine your ancestry. Your family wants to share an ancestry composition with both your family and your DNA family. 23andMe can even pinpoint specific neanderthal DNA-which will definitely pull the curtain back to the original more of your more colorful family members.
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Where your family came from, where they came from and when. (Imagine your satisfaction when you awkwardly debunk that family myth that's been passed down for generations.) You'll be able to see how well you are with your cousins. You can see how much of your DNA is shared with brothers, sisters, mom, dad, and extended relatives. Aunt Bertha got her unibrow.
The 23andMe Thanksgiving may be over, but you can still be the hero of your annual family gathering. Through December 25, you can get 23andMe's Ancestry service for $ 69, and its Health & Ancestry service, with over 90 online reviews regarding your ancestry, traits, and health, for just $ 139-that's 30 percent off the regular prices of $ 99 and $ 199, respectively. And if you order by December 17, 23andMe says you'll have your DNA kit by Christmas day. It'll make a great gift, even if you've already shared your family's ancestry; after all, all families have two distinct ancestral lines.
Check out 23andMe by clicking here.