- May 15, 2017 at 2:21 pm #686970
I would like to do a DNA test but now there are SO many out there. Have any of you done one? Loved it? Hated it? Had a feature you really liked? Has anyone done multiple tests? Preferences? I want to do my own just for curiosity sake and also my son because he was conceived via donor and I’m curious what that heritage looks like. I have a budget of $100 for one so preferably one of the companies that doesn’t cost more than that.May 15, 2017 at 2:24 pm #686971
I just got my 23 and me kit the other day. I’m sending it in this week. I’ll let you know.May 15, 2017 at 3:25 pm #686972
Welllll you may remember how my family’s foray into ancestry DNA turned out haha! Hello, new cousin! Don’t let it dissuade you, though. I still intend to run my own DNA in the future. We used Ancestry.com, but if I had to do it over, I’d do 23andMe as I think their results are a bit more specific. 🙂May 15, 2017 at 4:33 pm #686993
I bought the Ancestry.com kit for my mom, still waiting on the results. My aunt did the other side of the family and it’s pretty straight forward, the results are only about a page then they fluff it with generic histories of he countries you are from.May 15, 2017 at 9:09 pm #687000
I did 23andMe and liked it. I chose it for the health results as much as for the ancestry. The health tests cost an extra $100 so probably not something you want to do at this time. FamilyTree DNA will allow you to upload your 23andMe results or your Ancestry results for $20 so you can do either of the others and then get the FamilyTree take on your test for only $20 more. They give the same results as if you had them do your DNA test. My overall ancestry results were the same between the two companies. They did vary over trace amounts of ancestral DNA. 23andMe includes mitochondrial DNA which the others don’t, or they charge extra for it and they also include the X chromosomes which some of the others don’t so I think you get a better result with them.
I liked the health portion that I got through 23andMe. You can do ancestry alone or ancestry plus health. As they get FDA approval for more tests they automatically send the results without charging anything more. They now include Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. They do ask you whether you want to see the results. They ask twice for each of those two to make sure you want to look at them. I wanted to see mine and was very happy that I didn’t carry any of the variant (disease causing) genes for either of those diseases. I did find that I carry a variant gene for a different disease and I’m going to take the results to my doctor. It will probably not cause me much trouble but in certain circumstances I could be sicker than expected and need an IV with an enzyme. I’d rather know that than find it out the hard way.May 15, 2017 at 9:57 pm #687003
I am not a paranoid/big brother fearing person but something about sending my DNA off to some random company just rubs me wrong. I feel like every aspect of our lives is public knowledge these days (social media, credit, back round, etc.) that I just cannot get behind offering more up. Just my 2 cents.May 16, 2017 at 8:05 am #687028
I understand your opposition Janelle and I agree to a point. There have been some legal cases where people have been wrongly accused because of just such a thing, see the Michael Usry Jr. case. I think in general people should be cautious about who they share any personal information with.
However, I think that companies like this do provide several benefits for people who have been adopted, especially with the availability of health tests. Many of those people do not have access to a family history that would normally provide some of that information. Does anyone know of a company that provides the same or similar services that you can utilize through a doctor’s office or such?May 16, 2017 at 8:48 am #687033
Anna WrightThis reply has been marked as private.May 16, 2017 at 10:12 am #687036
Janelle – I had considered that but honestly am not terribly worried about it. I do think when we do my son’s, we will likely spend the extra money to do the health ones because all we have for health information from the donor is what he answered in questionnaires (plus some personal screening but that wouldn’t give much as far as risk factors).
One of my family members did Ancestry so I was leaning that way but have heard good things about 23 and me as well.
@taramonster I remember that now! My coworker actually found a half brother than she knew existed but didn’t know about him at all (they were adopted).May 16, 2017 at 10:35 am #687039
I used 23andme and liked it. I love the odd facts like “76% more likely to have hair that becomes frizzy in humid weather.” So true. :-p
I’m getting a kit for my brother next.May 16, 2017 at 10:51 am #687041
@Just Max, this is why I wan’t to use 23andMe when I run my own DNA! I want to see “You are 95% likely to have freckles” or whatever just so I can go OOooooOOoo it does know me!May 16, 2017 at 10:58 am #687043
I for sure see the point as far as health history and such. Luck for me I have all my family around to know a lot about my health risk factors and such. I will live way too long based on this knowledge haha.
I can say I would have ZERO interest in finding out about some unknown relative and them perhaps even having that info about me. I would be very uncomfortable with that, but that is just me.