Do it yourself DNA kits are more popular than ever before. And why shouldn’t they be? The companies that administer the tests claim to be able to provide you detailed ethnic history. You can discover where your family roots really lie by simply mailing in a sample of saliva after completing your at-home kit.
Although these kits are selling faster than ever before, many people are forced to wonder if they’re truly accurate. Thankfully author Jeff Rossen has come out to test the three most popular DNA service providers.
As TODAY’s national investigative correspondent, Rossen and the Rossen Reports team hired three identical triplet sister, who are living in California to see if their results would all be the same.
The three women, Kaeli, Kelsey, and Korrie, were eager to try the three sets from the most popular DNA companies. Rosen chose to challenge the accuracy of AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and MyHeritage.
The three sister all have different last names. But their DNA should be identical since they were identical triplets. But the results of the test were very revealing. Something wasn’t quite right.
With the price point of all three brands available to the average consumer for less than $100, you might have seen one of them on one of your family member’s Christmas list.
Because the California triplets should have gotten identical results, they were shocked when the three companies provided different results based on their sample.
All three kits shared extremely high DNA matches for the triplets. AncestoryDNA and 23andMe revealed that the three women had roots in Britain, Scandinavia, and the Middle East. But MyHeritage’s results provided more details than the other two because they identified North African roots in particular.
Many people are eager to take DNA tests so they can see what countries their family members came from. While the DNA test will tell you which geographic areas of the world your DNA originated from, it will not tell you everything about the people in your family. It can tell you if your genetic heritage comes from Scandinavia or Nigeria, but it won’t tell you whether your grandfather was born in Germany or Texas.
Many DNA tests also help you identify family members. You could find out people who share a lot of your DNA so long as they’ve tested their DNA from the same company. So if you have a long-lost cousin or some other member of your family, you could learn who they are with the DNA test. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a long list of potential family members and information about how to connect with them.
But if you’d prefer to have your information remain private, do not worry. You can mark it for private use so people won’t be able to discover you as part of their family if you don’t want that.
As an additional note, some DNA companies even offer DNA tests for cats and dogs to help pet owners learn their animal’s exact breed.
Are you interested in DNA tests? Would you look into getting one for you or a loved one this Christmas season?