Ancestry DNA test kits have become a bit of a phenomenon in the last few years. Every YouTuber has “revealed” their results on their channel. Bloggers have written articles explaining how these tests work. Celebrities have shared the news of their ancestry tests to mixed receptions.
However, chances are you’re skeptical about whether these home DNA tests are worth it. You’re right to ask the question – a lot of pseudoscience is going around these days. So, let’s look into it. Are the results of these tests at all accurate? And if so, what is the best ancestry DNA test?
Do they work?
To answer this question, you would need an in-depth education in anatomy at the very least. Otherwise, it is hard to make a judgment on whether what 23andMe or MyHeritage claim. Fortunately, this is exactly what we have experts for. And plenty of experts have had their say so far.
Most experts seem to agree that these DNA tests do provide accurate results. The accuracy of your results does, in part, depend on the size and scope of the database of the testing company. If they have a lot of information on people from similar regions to you, then your results are going to be that much more reliable.
Some helpful bloggers have gone about sending their saliva to multiple different DNA testing companies to see if they got the same results. Aside from the fact that different companies test for different things, their results were remarkably similar. When one test differed slightly from another in one aspect, at least one of those tests had noted that this particular result was subject to variance of a few percentage
As long as you’re cautious, you can feel confident that your test results will give you what you asked for. So, which of the many companies should you mail your DNA to?
The company you choose will depend on what you want out of your ancestry results. Do you want to potentially meet relatives you didn’t know existed? Ancestry.com has by far the biggest database and may be the best option for you. Are you interested in whether you have any neanderthal genes? 23andMe is one of the few companies to provide this information.
If you yourself have a wider general knowledge than most, or have studied biology and anatomy in-depth, Living DNA offers the most comprehensive results in terms of the finer details. This doesn’t matter for most people, but it might be your cup of tea.
Make sure that you’re prepared for the possible results and do your research beforehand!