Debunking 7 Common Myths and Misconceptions About DNA Testing

August 27, 2017
article by Hector A. author
There is a lot of conflicting information floating around about taking a home DNA test. Truth be told, this is due in large part to the fact that many people find the entire concept to seem like something out of a sci-fi novel.

Yet the reality is that you can get a very clear picture of your ancestry from the comfort of your home. Below, we debunk some of the most common myths that keep people from taking advantage of this incredible, real-life science.

The Results Are Not Accurate

A home DNA test is grounded in real laboratory science. Unlike methods of establishing lineage that rely solely on records or other paperwork, tests give you a complete and unbiased picture of your genetic ancestry.

Blood Needs to Be Drawn

There are absolutely no needles involved in taking an ancestry DNA test. They are done by swabbing out the saliva from your cheek for about half a minute with a Q-tip and then sending it to a lab. That’s it.

Only Men Can Be Tested

Although the Y-chromosome is definitely used in a DNA heritage test, it is not the only type of testing available. Both men and women inherit mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) through their maternal ancestry, and women can easily have this part of their lineage looked at using today’s procedures.

If you are a female and want to know about your paternal line, you can ask a male brother or cousin to undergo testing.

My Personal Information Will Be Shared

Any reputable company offering a DNA test kit will keep your results completely confidential. In addition, there are already laws on the books in the United States and UK forbidding the use of genetic testing results in employment and insurance coverage decisions.

A DNA Test Kit Is Expensive

You can order a reliable genealogy DNA test online for around $100, with some degree of price variation depending on the service(s) you choose.

It Takes a Long Time to Get the Results

Despite the fact that getting a DNA test gives you access to cutting edge science at an extremely affordable cost, you still won’t have to wait very long for the results. Generally speaking, you’ll get something in the mail within one to two weeks of sending your sample away.

 

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