Can you spot the difference between these two offers from 23andMe?
The company, which was prohibited by the FDA from offering their health service in the US last fall, now offers the health and ancestry services together through a "Canadian" offshoot. How Canadian is it? Look at the package? See "bienvenue à vous" and "Kit d'ADN". Doesn't that make you proud to be Canadian?
You can find it by going to 23andme.ca, which is immediately redirected to 23andme.com/en-ca/. I couldn't locate a French language site.
Did you notice any other difference? The price maybe? $199 Canadian for the health and ancestry service, $99 US for the ancestry service.
When the company discontinued the full service last fall the price was $99 US. Why the increase? If the full service is reinstated in the US will that be the new price for the combined service?
And why does shipping the kit cost $9.95 in the US and $19.95 in Canada? $19.95 is a big improvement over the previous shipping cost to Canada, but why the difference, especially since the spit collection kit used is a Canadian product?
Will we see US residents flocking across the border to collect Canadian kits or find ways through Canada to get around the FDA strictures in this new era of prohibition? Maybe 23andMe is hoping so!