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Health & Ancestry Discovery Giveaway

by on July 29, 2013
in Health & Fitness, Giveaways, Health and Home, Blog :: 591 comments

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Genetic testing from 23andMe can help you learn more about your past and assess your predisposition to certain health conditions. Now here's a chance to win a genetic testing kit from 23andMe so you can find out who you REALLY are.

With your new genetic testing kit, you'll learn what percent of your DNA comes from each of 22 worldwide populations, ranging from East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and more. You can also discover if you share an ancestor with famous figures such as Marie Antoinette and Thomas Jefferson. 23andMe will even tell you what percent of your genome comes from Neanderthals!

And knowing what’s in your DNA can also help you understand genetic conditions so you and your doctor can tailor your health care and prioritize lifestyle changes. 23andme reports include:

  • An estimate of your genetic risks for more than 200 health conditions, including Type 2 Diabetes and Parkinson's disease;
  • 40+ reports on inherited conditions that can be passed on to children, including Cystic Fibrosis and Tay-Sachs;
  • and multiple reports about how your body might respond to certain drugs (including caffeine).

Want to learn more about yourself? Enter by August 9th, 2013 for your chance to win!

To Enter for a Chance to Win

Tell us in a comment below "What are you most interested to discover about your DNA?" (the winner pick is random)—be sure to provide a valid email address in the box provided so we can contact you if you win.

Official Rules

We will randomly select one (1) winner from the entries. No purchase is necessary to win. One entry per person. The giveaway will end at 11:59pm on August 9th, 2013. Void where prohibited. U.S. residents only. ARV $99. Click here for the full rules.

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My ancestry is mixed on

From Sheila Vives on August 01, 2013 :: 7:35 pm

My ancestry is mixed on both sides of my family, and the ancestral stories along with the apparent genetics makes me want to verify our history much deeper, especially since there is great historical significance on both sides. For instance my Irish ancestors are supposedly originally from Egypt and Greece. On my Spanish side, I may be Aramaic etc.  I would love to verify to some extent the stories and genetic history, and get to the bottom line…truth of my family genetic history.



From Janis Gleason on August 01, 2013 :: 7:38 pm

Would love to see who my relatives were as I only have a partial history.


Missing ancestors

From James Ross on August 01, 2013 :: 7:41 pm

Being born during WW2, my father was KIA. My mother destroyed all documents before her death. The subject was taboo. The court denied a Petition for unsealing the birth record. No one exist but me. Disclosure of the true fact of who I am would cause no harm to anyone at this time. Antiquated laws exist in this country and the only laws that protect us are being ignored. There is only protection for government and their politicians.



From Cynthia Campos on August 01, 2013 :: 7:43 pm

Our genealogical research found Jewish ancestry, would love to verify that with DNA testing. Also would like to know if there are any health issues I should be looking out for.


I would like to see

From Eustacia Miliusis on August 01, 2013 :: 7:48 pm

I would like to see what my DNA has to say about my ancestry!


DNA testing

From Ken on August 01, 2013 :: 8:00 pm

I am most interested in learning about my potential health risks.


My body's potential reaction(s) to certain drugs?

From Jo on August 01, 2013 :: 8:08 pm

I’ll admit, I just nearly closed this post’s tab after deciding investing the thoughts & time into posting a comment to it would most likely not be feasible to my time schedule today..however, that last detail at the end concerning how this genetic test is capable of revealing how a person’s body can potentially react to certain drugs introduced into one’s system piqued my curiosity amounts heavily into the “very much worth my time & effort” side of my mind’s judgement scale.  I’d be interested in just learning the effects of just caffeine alone, much less 199 additional drugs…


Just checking!

From Rosemarie Watkins on August 01, 2013 :: 8:10 pm

I’d like to see if my genetic heritage matches up with my family tree information.



From shawn stover on August 01, 2013 :: 8:14 pm

My family history and famous relatives!


I am excited to learn

From tashia gilbert on August 01, 2013 :: 8:20 pm

I am excited to learn about my entire family tree!  I do not know my father side of the family; except my grandmother is a full blooded Indian.  I feel like a puzzle with pieces missing.



From Josie on August 01, 2013 :: 8:23 pm

My family origins are clouded. I know I have British and Scots-Irish. However, there is supposedly Native American on both sides. Back in the day, people were not proud of this and suppressed the information, so it was lost. I also have a strong family history of diabetes. I would like to know more about the genetics of that too.


Adopted at birth

From David Mayer on August 01, 2013 :: 8:25 pm

I have no idea what my biological ancestry/history is and would like to find out something about it.


bleh bleh

From Rachel Hangad on August 01, 2013 :: 8:32 pm

I would like to know if I am related to any famous people.


Find out weaknesses in my

From Jacob LaFountaine on August 01, 2013 :: 8:35 pm

Find out weaknesses in my health traits. Maybe work to strength that part of my body/diet


Beyond Sweden

From Karen on August 01, 2013 :: 8:37 pm

I know some of my background, but am curious more about my Father’s heritage; he passed on when I was 5, and his parents were gone prior to my birth. I know my Mother’s parents both immigrated from Sweden, but am very curious if there are other “countries of origin” in my history, as well as if I am suseptible to cancer, as my Mom died from breast cancer at 50.


Want to know future issues

From Robert Sullivan on August 01, 2013 :: 8:39 pm

It is important to know potential issues with your health.
Technology can and should be used to aid us to correct potential unseen health issues.


I would love to learn

From Janet Shook on August 01, 2013 :: 8:44 pm

I would love to learn about my ethnic heritage to see where my family mostly came from.


Genetic DNA

From Stephen Kish on August 01, 2013 :: 8:45 pm

If I am a direct descendant of Genghis Khan.



From Shirley Turner on August 01, 2013 :: 8:51 pm

My mother’s family came from England and Ireland. My fathers came from Eastern Europe. I can’t pin my dad’s family any closer since they were from countries that are no longer controlled by the governments they had back then. I have always been interested in learning more but could never afford it.


What I want to know

From Janell on August 01, 2013 :: 8:54 pm

My dad’s side of the family is Italian I would really like to know how much and where our family line comes from.


Family History

From Linda on August 01, 2013 :: 8:59 pm

I love learning about my family history and this would put more pieces in the puzzle.


Family Conditions

From amanda ross on August 01, 2013 :: 9:05 pm

I would be quite interested to see if I’ve inherited some of my families digestive diseases.



From Isabel on August 01, 2013 :: 9:05 pm

I would like to know more about my genetic profile so that I can either limit the damage done by conditions I have a genetic predisposition for or prepare for whatever the final outcome is. This information would also be useful for future generations of our family to have when deciding whether or not to have children.


From Alexandra Harris on August 01, 2013 :: 9:10 pm

I would love to find out how much American Indian I have in my blood. I heard a story about my family that my great great great great grandmother was the first American Indian female to attend college in Mississippi and she was the daughter of an Indian Chief. I want to know if I could possibly be related.


From Stephanie on August 01, 2013 :: 9:13 pm

Knowing where you came from and where your progeny are going is very important. We had no idea that CF was in our family until a child was diagnosed with a rare variant. I already had my ethnicity tested…but I didn’t know about 23 and me at that time and I would have used this testing…


From David Bathurst on August 01, 2013 :: 9:10 pm

I’m just hoping to have a higher percentage of Neanderthal DNA


DNA is our life

From Stephanie on August 01, 2013 :: 9:12 pm

Knowing where you came from and where your progeny are going is very important. We had no idea that CF was in our family until a child was diagnosed with a rare variant. I already had my ethnicity tested…but I didn’t know about 23 and me at that time and I would have used this testing…


health concerns

From rebecca g on August 01, 2013 :: 9:20 pm

I sure would like to know if there is any health concerns I should be aware of.


What's up with my DNA

From Roger Kaikko 972 on August 01, 2013 :: 9:24 pm

I would like to win just to see my DNA code


A look into the past

From Earl on August 01, 2013 :: 9:29 pm

I think it would be great to learn about where I come from.



From Richard Forston on August 01, 2013 :: 9:32 pm

Interested in seeing how I relate to the rest of the world. Genealogy only goes so far, DNA goes the distance!


I'd like to know if

From Sue on August 01, 2013 :: 9:37 pm

I’d like to know if I’m related to someone famous, as I’ve been told.



From Susan W on August 01, 2013 :: 9:42 pm

I would absolutely love to win one of the DNA kits.
I’m searching for my father’s family, especially my grandfather. I would love to know what he died from and my nationality. I have always wanted to know this information as far back as I can remember.


Would like to know

From Gary on August 01, 2013 :: 9:46 pm

Background medical history since mother was adopted and had alot of medical issues when she got older..


Entering contest and why

From Mike on August 01, 2013 :: 9:53 pm

I’m interested in knowing where I come from…and what my future health holds


What a great service.

From Clare Roberts on August 01, 2013 :: 9:58 pm

What a great service.  I’d love to learn my ancestry, but mainly about possible health concerns.


End the Guessing Game

From CP on August 01, 2013 :: 10:03 pm

We don’t really know our ancestry on my dad’s side of the family, so this could clear up a lot of questions and guesses.


I'd Love to know my Background

From Ginger Freund on August 01, 2013 :: 10:04 pm

I have always been curious from whence I came and also would like to know if I have any genetic markers for diseases such as Parkinsons Disease as I understand that there is a marker common in Ashkenazi Jews and that is what I believe I am.


Unlocking the DNA code

From Jenny Austin on August 01, 2013 :: 10:08 pm

According to family histories on both sides, we appear to be strictly British isles—English, Scottish, Welsh.  But does that explain the olive skin and hooked noses on Mom’s side of the family?


Freaking Amazing!!

From Kathy Huffman on August 01, 2013 :: 10:16 pm

Discovering if I share an ancestor with a famous figure! How awesome. When are they gonna start selling these in WalMart?


No info

From Christina on August 01, 2013 :: 10:19 pm

I would like to know my family history as I was adopted and have no idea of my genetic background.


Am I really related to lots of famous people?

From Dorothye Abramson on August 01, 2013 :: 10:22 pm

Growing up I was told that I have alot of famous people in my family tree. However, an old family Bible makes me wonder. I would like to know the truth.


For grand children

From Carla Austin on August 01, 2013 :: 10:24 pm

I would like to win it for my grandchildren.  I would like my son-in-law to be tested.  He has white,Asian and black that he knows of.  He knows nothing of his fathers side.  It would be really informative. Thank you



From Kim Ellison on August 01, 2013 :: 10:27 pm

I just want to know if a have any genetic risk factors for disease.


Am I related to Abram (Abraham) of Bible fame?

From Robert Abramson on August 01, 2013 :: 10:31 pm

I wonder how far back names go. Is it possible that I could be related to Abraham from the old testament?



From Barbara on August 01, 2013 :: 10:48 pm

I would love to know my ancestral heritage—what nationalities I inherited and what medical idiosycrasies I could fall prey to.  Most importantly, I would like to know what my children could inherit.


Why I want the Test

From Glenn Murphy on August 01, 2013 :: 10:50 pm

I know my descendents are from Ireland and Germany.  I would like to find out if I have any family still left there.


Would love to know!

From Kim on August 01, 2013 :: 10:57 pm

I would love to learn more about my family, on both sides!



From Miira Allen on August 01, 2013 :: 11:01 pm

I am an only child.  Never knew my grandparents.  Knew 2 aunts on one side of the family.  Parents have been gone a long time.  I really know nothing about my family.  I’d love to know more.  My boys would like more info about their heritage.


I'm adopted. I know my

From Debbie Terry on August 01, 2013 :: 11:12 pm

I’m adopted. I know my mothers name and would like to know more about where I come from.


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