Throughout history, philosophical questions like, “What are my roots?”, “Who are my ancestors?”, and “Where do I come from?” have always been on people’s minds. But now these questions are getting answered in a few weeks!
This is thanks to the development of DNA test kits. These DNA tests are the basis of numerous YouTube videos and TV shows like TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?”
From politicians to celebrities, many people are getting DNA tests done. It’s been estimated that over 12 million people have participated in this through DNA testing companies which have boomed because of our inherent human quest to search for our identities.
DNA is the genetic material present in every cell of the human body. We inherit our DNA in equal 50% portions from our biological parents. This genetic information within DNA can be traced back to generations before.
The test kits usually contain a simple questionnaire, instructions for DNA collection, a guide to register your DNA kit and return it to the company and a clear-cut explanation of your impending results. The sampling process usually follows this format:
There are many types of DNA tests but these are the most commonly performed:
When selecting DNA test kit, the selection should be made based on reviews, location, price and specific requirements.
For example, 23andMe, MyHeritage DNA, HomeDNA, AncestryDNA, and Living DNA all have results which show your ethnicity, maps of where your ancestors lived but National Geographic provides even more information but all these differ in pricing
Also, FamilyTreeDNA might be the best for in-depth Y-DNA testing while 23andME is the best choice for genetic health screening, and Living DNA is the best for those living in Britain. FamilyTreeDNA and AncestryDNA would be the best options if you’re trying to connect with biological relatives or for family DNA history but AncestryDNA has a database size of 7,000,000.
Ancestry DNA tests typically cost between $7 to $100 but they are worth it since they provide enlightenment into your family history.