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A new twist on game day giveaways will be in the hands of fans at Sunday's Baltimore Ravens home opener against the Cleveland Browns--- free DNA testing kits.

The approach the result of a partnership between new company Orig3n and the team. The Baltimore Sun is reporting, the kits will be handed out to fans as they enter the stadium, with fans prompted to swap their mouths and put the sample into stadium bin. They would then have to register with the company online.

The goal of the test is to reveal four simple traits about the person by testing four genes. For example, the ACTN3 gene will be tested which can yield information on whether a person is likely to have enhanced performance in sprint activities. Another gene can help predict an increased risk of low levels of Vitamin D. The results are encrypted and sent to the person tested through a smartphone app.

The science behind so called direct to customer DNA testing is still up for debate. Some scientists say that the results are not complete truth because the technology is new and emerging and that it can be misleading for consumers.

The company argues that the testing helps give people insight into their genetic makeup. More extensive testing will be offered for up to $149.

Orig3n also has a sponsorship with one other NFL team, the San Francisco 49ers. But the company and the Ravens said The Sun that Sunday's DNA test giveaway is new.

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