I Tried An At-Home Genetic Test For Couples Who Want To Have Kids And Here's What It Was Like
Picture Parenting is a saliva test that looks specifically for health-related risks in your DNA.
I think by now it's safe to say that we've all heard of at-home genetic kits where you send in a sample of your saliva to learn more about your family tree. Some tests also show your genetic risks for certain health conditions.
As someone who has taken 23andMe before, I saw a new test that caught my eye because I am a parent — and eventually might have more kids.
Picture Parenting finds common genetic conditions that you may pass on to your children. They also offer free genetic counseling after you get your results.
So I decided to see if it would be beneficial in a different way than 23andMe was. (For reference, with 23andMe I was able to learn more about my ancestry, as well as my health. It told me which gene variants I had for certain conditions and, in turn, that I could potentially pass those variants on to my children.)
Another important note is that the 23andMe test uses genotyping and Picture Parenting uses DNA sequencing. In other words, you cannot take your 23andMe test to a doctor because it is not a medical-grade test.