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Hi. This is my first ever post, so bear with me, but I think this is a good deal.
23andMe is offering totally FREE genetic testing if BOTH of your grandparents are from a certain country. Looks like they are targeting South and Central Asia.
Here's the copy from their site:
At 23andMe, we want our customer base to reflect the planet's rich diversity. You are uniquely positioned to help. Your participation in the Global Genetics Project will help diversify our database and boost genomic studies in underrepresented populations worldwide. You'll learn more about your heritage — and help others around the world discover theirs.
You can participate in the study if all four of your grandparents were born in the same country from the list below.
View the complete country list: CLICK THIS LINK ON THE PAGE TO SEE ALL THE COUNTRIES
What you get by participating:
When you participate in this study, not only will you help others, but you'll also receive access to 75+ personalized genetic reports online from 23andMe about your ancestry, traits and health.
As part of your participation in this research study, you will receive a complimentary 23andMe saliva collection kit and the option to access the 23andMe Service. The 23andMe Service provides you with your unique personal genetic profile, including reports on your traits, wellness, carrier status, genetic health risks, and ancestry. The test does not diagnose any specific health conditions. Results should not be used to make medical decisions. Please contact a qualified medical provider if you have any questions or concerns about the results contained in your reports.
What does it mean to be a research participant in the Global Genetics Project?
Being a research participant means that you agree to contribute your genetic and family origins information for research purposes. There are other aspects to being a research participant; we have summarized the most important ones below. If you have more questions, please contact us at global-genetics@23andMe.com
What will I be asked to do?
You will be asked to:
Enroll and consent through the 23andMe website so you can contribute your genetic data and survey answers to the Global Genetics Project.
Respond to a short questionnaire to determine your eligibility to participate. This step is very important to ensure the integrity of the study.
If you are an eligible participant, you will:
Receive and use a 23andMe® DNA kit to provide a DNA sample (from your saliva) and return it to 23andMe for genetic analysis. We will keep this saliva/DNA stored in our laboratory.
Complete an online survey about your family origins. We may send email reminders during the study if you haven't finished the survey.
How will 23andMe use my data?
We will compare your genetic data and survey answers with the genetic data and survey answers of other research participants with ancestry from your region. We are conducting this research in order to improve our service and contribute to scientific and historical knowledge.
We may perform additional analyses on your DNA sample, such as whole genome sequencing.
If you become a participant in this project, your genetic data and ancestry information may be shared with researchers or deposited in a national database outside 23andMe.
What are the risks of being a research participant?
Being a research participant means that 23andMe will store your genetic information and survey answers (this includes responses to questions or surveys you might feel are sensitive in nature) and securely transfer them to qualified research partners or databases. If a security breach occurred, your data could be leaked. Please refer to How do you protect the confidentiality of my data? for more information about this risk.
If you choose to access the health, traits and ancestry reports resulting from your use of the 23andMe Service, you may learn information about yourself that you do not anticipate (e.g., that you are not related to a family member in the way you thought, surprising facts related to your ancestry, or that you could pass on an inherited genetic condition to your children). Your 23andMe reports are not intended to diagnose a disease, or tell you anything about your risk for developing a disease in the future. Please contact a qualified medical provider if you have any questions or concerns about the results contained in your reports.
Please refer to our Terms of Service for more details about the risks of being genotyped.
What are the benefits of being a research participant?
This is a new opportunity to participate in genetics research. As a research participant, you will:
Take a direct role in research that may lead to new knowledge about global populations
Participate in web-based research from the comfort of your own home
Have the option to learn more about yourself through genetics.
In addition, you must reside in the United States, have Internet access, read and write English fluently and be over 18 years old.
It seems that that part of the world isn't widely mapped, so they are looking for specimens from that part of the world.
I filled out the forms and got an email that I'm being shipped a kit, so I guess it works.