Genetic testing companies have proprietary sets of data and different ways they analyze the data, which can also play a role in decision-making, but…it all boils down to one question: What do you want to get out of the test?
[23andMe’s] health reports can tell you information about traits, (such as if you’re likely to have dimples or curly hair), wellness (how well you metabolize caffeine and if you’re a sprinter), as well reports on carrier status.
Verdict: If you’re looking at this as more of a science experiment, or a way to get involved in research, and you aren’t as interested in retracing your ancestry, this is the test for you.
Ancestry’s test, as the name suggests, is all about family histories and geneaology.
What you will find is information about where your family comes from, and how that connects you to other potential ancestors. Ancestry also helps you link up the DNA test to your self-reported family tree.
Verdict: If the idea of tracing back your family tree for generations and connecting with distant relatives gets you incredibly excited…this is the test for you.
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