Which DNA Company Gives You a Bigger Bang for the Buck?

Genealogists who have decided to explore the information that is hidden in their genes face a dilemma. Which DNA testing company should they choose? Which one can give them a bigger bang for the buck? It all depends on what you are hoping to learn from your DNA results. Here are a few to consider:


* Regular Price: $99
* More than 10 million people have taken the AncestryDNA test
* Discover your origin in more than 350 regions around the world
* Has more than 2x the geographic detail than any other DNA test
* Can be connected with Ancestry.com
* Can show you matches to living relatives who share parts of your DNA and their connection to you


Offers two types of DNA test kits: Ancestry Service (regular price $99) and Health + Ancestry Service (regular price $199)

Ancestry Service features include:
* Your family’s origin from over 150 regions around the world
* 5 reports: Ancestry Composition, Maternal Haplogroups, Paternal Haplogroups, Neanderthal Ancestry, and Your DNA Family
* DNA Relative Finder – find and connect with relatives in the 23andMe database who share DNA with you. (This feature is opt-in.)

Health + Ancestry Service includes all of the above and:

* Genetic Health Risk Reports: including BCRA1/BCRA2 (selected variants); Celiac Disease; Late-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease; Parkinson’s Disease
* 40+ Carrier Status Reports including Cystic Fibrosis, Sickle Cell Anemia, Hereditary Hearing Loss
* 5+ Wellness Reports including: Deep Sleep, Lactose Intolerance, Genetic Weight
* 25+ Traits Reports including: Male Bald Spot; Sweet vs. Salty, Unibrow

MyHeritage DNA

* Regular price: $69
* 98 million users worldwide
* 42 supported languages
* Ethnicity Estimate: a percentage breakdown of your ancestral background, showing your ancestors’ origins from 42 ethnicities, including: Japanese, Irish, Italian, Jewish, and many more
* DNA Matches: MyHeritage DNA compares your DNA data with the DNA data of others, and identifies shared genetic sequences that indicate a possible family relationship.

Related Articles at FamilyTree.com:

* Tips for Discovering Biological Family with AncestryDNA

* 23andMe has FDA Approval for Genetic Test for Breast Cancer

* MyHeritage has Closed Applications to DNA Quest

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