23andMe, the genetic testing service, is currently running a Father’s Day sale. Both the basic ancestry kit and the health and ancestry kits are 30% off, which is a higher rate than we’ve seen recently. (The same rate applied for Mother’s Day, but generally these sales run closer to 20% off).
If you’ve wondered about your own results from a test like 23andMe, now might be the time to take advantage of the sale. (Surely your dad would appreciate you getting a good deal?) But these do make good Father’s Day gifts—for the right kind of dad. Below are four types of dads who might appreciate a 23andMe kit as his gift.
Health + Ancestry Report, $139 (now through June 17) at 23andMe
1. The History Nerd: If he brought you to battlefields, Spanish missions, or graveyards (that only sometimes involved trespassing), chances are he’ll enjoy the chance to delve a bit deeper into his own ancestry. The DNA results not only show your genetic makeup, but how recently a direct ancestor of yours was from each population.
2. The Health Nut: For $139, you can get Dad the genetic testing + health report, which includes everything from carrier status for conditions linked to genetics to things like how likely he is, based on his DNA, to be a deep sleeper.
3. The Trivia Guy: While some of the health report is relevant to overall wellness, some things are just fun. Like how likely you are to be able to smell asparagus in urine. (Just imagine the Dad jokes for that one.) For someone who likes knowing fun facts, both the health and ancestry reports provide a lot to dig around in. He also may finally have a way to back up his hatred of cilantro.
4. The Dad Who Already Has Everything: What do you get the person who has everything? How about the gift of knowing whether or not he has Neanderthal ancestry. That’s certainly not something you already have lying around.
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