Recently I sent away for and received a 23andMe kit. 23andMe is a genealogy test kit that will tell you what your ancestral roots are and link you to other people you are related to. I am big in to genealogy research, so I was really excited to participate.
Something I didn’t know about the test is that you can opt-in to the 23andWe research program. Those who wish can allow their saliva samples to help with genetic research, disease research, and drug research. Sign me up!
I was so excited to know that my tiny vile of spit could help scientific research! I’m suddenly bigger than myself. I’m part of something global. It’s so neat!
Plus, if you want to you can to take like a million surveys. This isn’t an attractive way to spend time for most people, but I am addicted to them. “Yes, I would like to find out which Smurf I’m most like!” “Yes, I would like to calculate my muggleness.” – That’s me. I don’t know why, but I love answering questions about myself. Narcissism? Who cares! Bring on the quizzes!
And they have a lot of them. You can take as many as you like, or none at all. The surveys will give the researchers more accurate research results and they cover things like pregnancy & labor, skin cancer, and eyesight. Each quiz takes 3-20 minutes. It’s what I do now while sitting with my kids while they watch Mickey’s Christmas for the 50th time. And somehow, I feel like I’m being productive because somewhere out there is a person who gives a crap about my answers.