Thursday, January 3, 2013

Ancestry.com DNA Discovery Kit

Let me start by saying this isn't a monthly subscription box review but rather a review of a product I found really interesting.  I'm sure most people are familiar with ancestry.com.  If you into researching your ancestry they have a new product out called ancestryDNA.  For a fee ($199-$249) the company sends you a box with a vial in it.  The vial is for you to put some of your saliva in and it has a liquid in it that when the cap is closed it mixes with your saliva to stabilize it.  Also contained in the box is a pre-paid envelope to mail back to the company.  You also have to get online and register your kit which is a very important step.  This ensures the information comes to you. 

This is the information from the website: 
Our new AncestryDNA test uses some of the latest DNA autosomal testing technology as a more comprehensive way to find family across all lines in your family tree. So one test covers both sides—maternal and paternal—and is equally effective for both men and women.
Looking for our Y-DNA or mtDNA tests? These specialized tests give you information about either your direct paternal or maternal lines. This means that Y-DNA and mtDNA tests limit the number of ancestors you can learn about.  Without getting too technical, the new test analyzes your autosomal DNA, which includes the entire genome—all 23 pairs of chromosomes—as opposed to only looking at the Y-chromosome or Mitochondrial DNA. Not only can everyone take the new test, but it also provides a more complete picture of your family history.  Also, the Y-DNA and mtDNA tests look at much smaller amounts of your DNA. For example, YDNA tests only look at about 40 locations whereas AncestryDNA comprehensively looks at the entire genome at over 700,000 locations, all with a simple saliva sample. 40 vs. 700,000? You don't need to be a scientist to see that this is a huge improvement.


You receive your DNA kit in this box.

This is the inside of the kit.  On the left is the testing kit with the vial for your saliva.  There is also a prepaid padded envelope inside the mail the contained back. 

 So how cool is this!  This is where my DNA comes from.  I have to say this is far different than I was always told.  I showed my mom and even she was surprised.  We've started digging more into the family tree to see what we can find.  

 Here is another cool feature. They notify you when there are other members who match your DNA.  This particular one shows possible matches for 4th - 6th cousins.  

I just thought this was one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time.  I don't know much about my family history so this was really eye opening for me.  Also the things I thought I knew were very different when confirmed by DNA.  Also it's an ever evolving tree.  I get emails periodically telling me there is a new match with my DNA.  So if you're interested in your family background or knowing exactly where you DNA comes from check out Ancestry.com. 

**I am not any type of sponsored paid or unpaid for Ancestry.com.  I purchased this DNA test and membership myself.  

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