Hooray for National DNA Day - Celebrating 15 Years this April 25th!

April 25th is National DNA Day! And this one is extra special one because it marks the 15th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project and the 65th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA double helix by Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and Frances H.C. Crick.

Why should you care? Because our unique DNA is affecting our daily life more and more. Read on!

Celebrate and Learn

The National Human Genome Research Institute is celebrating with “15-for-15.” Learn 15 ways genomic information and technologies are influencing our daily lives. Did you know they can now target medications based on your unique DNA? Or that they can test for certain cancers based on your DNA? Read informative articles on cancer genomics, DNA sequencing, pharmacogenomics, direct-to-consumer genomic testing and more here.

BIGGEST $avings of the Year on DNA Test Kits

Speaking of Direct to Consumer Genomic Testing, all the DNA testing companies are celebrating National DNA day with BIG savings on their kits. Some are offering the lowest prices of the year. 

Looking ahead to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day? These are great gifts!

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AncestryDNA: on sale for $59 (regularly $99) through April 29th.
Best for cousin matching. This autosomal DNA test with 7 million people has the largest database.

MyHeritageDNA: on sale for $69 (regularly $99) through April 25th.
Great test to match to users who have only tested with MyHeritageDNA or uploaded their results (uploading of test data from other companies is free). Extensive database of test takers in other countries.

23andMe:  on sale for $69, (regularly $99) for the ancestry only test or $139 (regularly $199) for the ancestry and health features test through April 25th.
The only test that offers health screening features based on your ethnic background.  

FamilyTreeDNA: all tests are sale priced $49 -$649 through April 28th.
Offers all tests individually or as a bundle price.

LivingDNA - on sale for $79.99 (regularly $159.00) through April 25th.
Provides autosomal, YDNA and nmtDNA data, but doesn’t offer matching. Provides your DNA mix across 80 world regions, including 21 in Britain and Ireland. You can also explore peer reviewed details of the areas of the world your ancestors are from.

Kimberlie Guerrieri