Ease of Use
process for the LivingDNA kit is very user-friendly and the next stage is to activate your personal kit online and then take two simple cheek swabs which then need to be placed into sealed vials and mailed back to the laboratory for testing. The hard part of this process is waiting…which can take up to 12 weeks.
Once the test arrives there are several options available to you: you can view your entire genetic makeup (family DNA), maternal, or paternal lineage. This ancestry DNA kit is great for giving you an overall look at your ethnic background going back 10 generations. The kit even breaks this down into geographic regions where your ancestors lived depending on where your ancestry is based (Britain includes 21 regions).
What makes this ancestry DNA kit stand out is that it actually shows you your lineage for a further 10 generations, tracing your deep ancestry to its historic roots. This isn’t as complicated as it sounds either, as LivingDNA presents its analysis in simple language and combines this with visual tools to make reading your data easy for everyone. To give an example the Through-History analysis is an interactive map where you can trace your personal ancestral movements across the world. You’ll also find Migration Map as well as other tools that really bring your ancestry to life.
Another feature that’s definitely worth a mention in this LivingDNA review is the fact that the company is in close collaboration with various educational and academic programs. This means that if you agree to have your data used, it will help future studies of humanity and genetics.
What LivingDNA does provide, however, is a solid academic relationship to scientific study, DNA test results that date back at least 10 generations and highly-detailed results that are often broken down into specific regions of countries. What’s even more impressive is their use of interactive visual aids to make reading the DNA data easy to understand.
LivingDNA takes complicated genetic material and turns this into an informative report that can be used in a number of different formats which give information on your entire genetic makeup, paternal, or maternal lineage. By the end of the report you will be able to see where your ethnic roots are based and, in some cases, specifically down to the region where they originate. As an added bonus you also get an interactive map which shows you a visual representation of your ancestors’ movements and a phylogenetic tree option which basically helps you to understand the migration of your maternal and paternal lineages.
Usability is fantastic too, the way that the results are presented makes your ancestry easy to understand and the interactive tools add a nice additional element to this, too. We found the entire process from start to finish easy to use from the purchase, through to the testing (simple cheek swabs) and results. We like the fact that you can opt into scientific studies while feeling confident that your private details are completely safe.
Support available was excellent and we found that most customer queries were answered in the online help center. The price for the LivingDNA test is reasonable at $114.00 (especially for the amount of detail that goes into the DNA results), but we would rather not have to pay extra for the hard-copy. All in all, we recommend LivingDNA test kits.