It used to cost about $400 for a genetic ancestry test. For that price you could spit in an envelope, mail it to a lab and they'd tell you a story of your genetic history and what medical conditions you might expect. Now, that luxury test has been opened up for a limited time. A company called 23 And Me is offering free genetic testing for 10,000 African Americans who want it. The company annouced the deal last week at the National Urban League confernce in Boston and more than 1,000 people have alread signed up online.
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Little is known about the connection between DNA and disease in African Americans. With your help, 23andMe can counter this trend. Roots into the Future will increase understanding of how DNA plays a role in health and wellness, especially for diseases more common in the African American community.