The Scary Truth Behind 23andMe

23andMe is an at-home genetic testing service that’s affordable, quick, and easy. You can get information about your health, your ancestry, and your interesting quirks. If that sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. These kits can cost less than a hundred dollars, and that’s because you’re paying for the service in other ways — ways you might not even know about.

Keep reading to learn more about how using 23andMe might be putting you at risk.

What’s In A Name?

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Photo Credit: @goodhousemag / Twitter

If you’re not familiar with the science behind genetics, you may not know where the name 23andMe comes from. If you remember all the way back to grade school science class, there are twenty-three chromosomes (which are DNA molecules) in a normal human cell.

Chromosomes have an “x” shape, which explains the company’s criss-cross logo. Almost everything about you, from your eye color to your ancestry to your susceptibility to certain diseases, is coded within those twenty-three chromosomes.