As patients take a more proactive role in their own health care, direct-to-consumer (DTC) laboratory testing is becoming increasingly popular. DTC genetic tests allow consumers to access information about their genetics without necessarily involving healthcare professionals in the process. Generally, the level of certainty which is often advertised with DNA services isn’t always parallel to their underlying science. While results come close, recent establishment of national borders, growing reference databases, and mass migrations (which result in mixed ethnicities) can alter results. 

Though it’s not the only resource for finding ancestry information, a DNA test provides a solid foundation for those who are looking to create a detailed family tree. Public records, family documents, and interviews can be used as supplementary resources that will help to answer questions which DNA test results may bring about.

DNA testing services are useful should you need to solve a paternity dispute, or if you want to gain knowledge about genetic predispositions. Biomedical DNA tests are used for determining possible hereditary diseases but are most effective when further information about risks is sought from a doctor. When researching and testing DNA services, we set our focus on the use case which helps to determine where you’re from, and where you can find living relatives.