23andMe gift idea together with “Here Is A Human Being”

A very quick gift idea that you must act on today if you want a $400 product discount.

The personal genomics company, 23andMe, currently has a Friends and Family discount code that allows you to send in your DNA for trait analysis at a cost of $99 instead of their regular $499.  Here’s a list of the 175 traits and disease/conditions they screen for where genetic associations are known. The discount code is at the bottom of this post so you have to read (or scroll past) my disclaimer. However, when I ordered my kits for us today, the code came back as only being valid through today, 25 November.

You’ll also be required to subscribe for one-year at $5/month for their Personal Genomics Newsletter which provides value-added information and the kit itself carries a $24.95 ground shipping charge. So, that’s about $183.95 instead of $583.95, saliva not included.

Of course, it’s kinda tough to spend that much on a kit, give it as a gift, and then tell folks they have to wait 6-8 weeks for the analysis.

But I have a solution to make you look even more erudite and thoughtful.

Buy and give Here is a Human Being by Misha Angrist. Written by my GenomeBoy PLoS blogger colleague and friend, Misha’s book addresses many of the stories and controversies about personal genomics. (Yes, I’m giving you an Amazon link but please buy it at your local independent bookstore if you still have one – about 45% of the money you spend will stay in your community instead of disappearing to wherever Amazon actually is.)

Giving Misha’s book will make you appear even more brilliant than you already are and perhaps even better-looking.

Enough for now – I just wanted to be sure my readers had a chance to use the promo code.

Disclaimer: This is not an advertisement or any such thing. I have no financial relationship with 23andMe – I just thought this was a really cool opportunity for a gift (to myself as well!). Also, I have no financial relationship with Misha Angrist or his publisher. Despite him blogging here at PLoS and having our daughters play together on occasion, I did not receive a review copy of the book and will buy it with my own cash – at my local independent bookstore. Misha did independently invite me to a monthly dinner of his Institute two months ago. It was a really tasty meal and I met a lot of cool people but that’s about all I think that would influence me here. Ok, ok, he’s a really cool guy. And he plays guitar in a band.

For the 23andMe Friends and Family offer, use promo code B84YAG. It was still working as of about 8:15 am EST.

UPDATE (26 Nov, 9 am EST): The 23andMe site is now listing the $99 price without a code through 11/29 – limit of 10 per purchase.

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10 Responses to 23andMe gift idea together with “Here Is A Human Being”

  1. Your code may or may not work, but Q4D7KF certainly still does.

  2. mangrist says:

    Wow. Maybe it’s time to create a financial relationship! :-)

    Happy Thanksgiving to the Kroll-Shaws!
    m

  3. Also nifty is Misha’s interview with Lynn Fellman on the Minnesota Atheists radio show.

  4. David Kroll says:

    @James – thanks so much for the info from the home office. I dialed up your company’s site this morning and see that the $99 price is up through 11/29 – limit of 10 kits. This is really cool – my wife is particularly excited for hers since she did some genotyping work early in her training.

    @Misha – I think that it would be really cool for 23andMe to sign a deal with your publisher to offer your book as an add-on. Misha, meet James. James, meet Misha.

    @Mike – thanks for the link. I caught Misha on Diane Rehm but I hadn’t heard the Minnesota Atheists show. Thanks for coming by with the info.

  5. mangrist says:

    Just to clarify: I was kidding about a “financial relationship.”

    Two years ago 23andMe genotyped me for free. This summer I attended the company’s policy forum. I like most of what 23andMe does but not everything. I like and respect the people who work there. That is all.

  6. Abraham says:

    This company has complete genetic profiling of everyone ever tested, or potential of, as well as stored DNA of about 80% of the recepients of the test. Please be aware no information is secure over the WWW. I advise anyone to take the test with a grain of salt and legally protect “their” information from it.
    You may also like top view this…
    http://www.genomeweb.com/blog/23andme-blames-labcorp-digs-itself-hole

  7. Sure, David, always happy to promote the show. Actually, Misha is good on the radio and I enjoyed doing the show with him.

  8. David Kroll says:

    Thanks again for dropping the note for me and our readers, Mike!

  9. Old Epice says:

    You can get $23 off the now-$99 price at 23andme.com until 12/31. $23 off per kit — just enter code TPHG6P in your cart.

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