Someone sent me a link to this https://www.23andme.com/ancestry/origins/ -- looks interesting.
Map your global origins with the most complete coverage of your DNA. 23andMe Ancestry Edition ($399) also includes:
- Your Relative Finder: Find people who share DNA with you.
- Your Ancestral Lineages: Mitochondrial and Y-DNA.
Questions for those of you in the know.
1) Are these services legit?
1a) Any others out there like this?
2) What can it tell me that I don't already know?
3) If anything, is it worth it?
asked byPatrik (10502)
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on November 11, 2010
at 05:36 AM
I don't know about the human ones, but the ones for dogs are notoriously unreliable. One lady had a champion purebred pitbull but its DNA test came back as being mostly border collie! LOL!
on November 10, 2010
at 11:59 PM
I have used Family Tree DNA services mostly for genealogical tracing and find them legit, reliable, etc.
It is up to you to decide whether it's worth it. I did it because my sister is a genealogist and I am the only male sibling, and the Y chromosome carries paternal DNA. I discovered I'm a member of haplogroup Q1b which is very unusual for your average whitebread Jew; Q1b are typically North American natives or Siberians, not people from central Europe. So it can lead to interesting results. Apparently I'm more closely related to Genghis Khan than Moishe Cohen...
If you are considering testing for specific disease markers, I can't help you and neither can FTDNA.
on November 26, 2010
at 01:17 AM
I wouldn't use the info for anything other than idle curiousity/play. I don't think it's quite there yet in terms of quality. That said, there's coupons for Black Friday that cut the price to $99 + $60 (for a year's subscription). Substantially cheaper if you get it in time. Check twitter for 23andme to see various coupons.
on November 11, 2010
at 08:51 AM
If you've got the bucks, it's worth it. If you do 23andme get the health also. that is their forte
don't buy anything without consulting first with someone
your motivations in testing are unclear. what do you want to find out?