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23 AND ME

23andMe is one of the only DNA testing services that offers one-stop shopping for both health and ancestry information, giving customers insights into their family background, inherited traits, and possible health predispositions.

All it takes is a simple saliva sample, and 23andMe does the rest. They generate a total of over 125 reports, depending on whether you choose just the ancestry test or both health and ancestry. Results come via email in about 6-8 weeks, and can include the following:

  • Ancestry: Over 35 reports with information that includes Composition, Maternal/Paternal Lineage, and Neanderthal components
  • Traits: Tendencies like taste preferences, likelihood of adult hair loss, and others, in a total of 19 reports or more
  • Wellness: Muscle Composition, Alcohol Flush Reaction, Lactose Intolerance, and at least two other reports that help people make better-informed decisions about health habits
  • Carrier Status: Determine if the subject is a carrier for genetic conditions like Hereditary Hearing Loss, Cystic Fibrosis, Sickle Cell Anemia, and more than 30 additional reports

If you are hoping to connect not just with your ancestral background but also with living relatives, 23andMe has a strong database with over 3 million customers worldwide. You may find hundreds of relatives you never knew about, and 23andMe will tell you how you are likely related (third cousins, fifth cousins, and so on). 23andMe is committed to maintaining your privacy, so your results are only shared and viewable if you give your explicit consent. You can also opt to provide your results for research purposes, but there's no requirement to do so.

The regular price for the Ancestry testing is $99, while the Health & Ancestry kit is $199. We found frequent promotions, especially around holidays like Mother's Day, Christmas, and New Year's. These sales included discounts of up to $20 per kit, buy-two-get-one-free, and buy-two-and-save-20%. Shipping is typically $9.95 per kit.

Whether you're looking for insights into your ancestry, your medical conditions, or a connection with your roots and living relatives, 23andMe is the most comprehensive, affordable service currently available. They earn our top ranking among companies offering DNA Testing.

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LIVE WELL TESTING

San Diego-based Live Well Testing believes in "a healthier and happier world for everyone" by offering affordable, accessible testing solutions for people, pets, and even their environments.

You'll find a total of 9 DNA-based tests offered at this company:

  • 3 tests for Health: CellMax Cancer Risk, Blood Type, Labrix FindWhy Weight (tests 5 genes known to affect metabolism)
  • 6 tests for Familial Relationships: Avuncular (compare child with alleged aunt/uncle), Twin Zygosity (to determine identical/fraternal), Grandparent, Maternity, Paternity, Sibling

Especially when it comes to less-direct family relationships, Live Well offers a broader range of testing than many of their competitors. Once your samples are received at their lab, results are typically available within 3-5 business days - an excellent turnaround timeframe.

Depending on the type of test you order and whether or not you need it to be legally admissible in court, tests cost between $139.99 and $349.99. Live Well offers additional savings: free shipping on every order, and a 15% discount on future orders for every product review you enter on their website. Also, if you subscribe to their mailing list, you'll get coupon codes and access to promotions year-round.

We would have liked to find more evidence of Live Well Testing's reputation with customers: we found very few reviews, no rating with the BBB, and no testimonials on the website.

Among the customer comments we did find, the feeling was mixed: some were very happy with the experience they had, while others were less so. We read one customer comment that said she conducted DNA tests with 3 separate companies, and Live Well was the only one that didn't confirm a match with an individual believed to be her half-sister. We were pleased to see that Live Well representatives responded to this review, though it does make us wonder where the difference in results came from.

On the other hand, many of the DNA tests on the Live Well site have customer reviews - and they're all five stars. "Easy to use", "got the results I needed", and "very fast process" are just a few of the good things clients had to say about their experience.

Overall, Live Well Testing offers an easy-to-navigate, professional-looking website, a broader variety of health and relationship-proving DNA testing than many other sites, and a fast turnaround time for results. We hope to see more customer reviews in the future, because we think Live Well will continue to be a solid choice for DNA tests.

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Best DNA Testing

To help you find the Best DNA Testing, TopConsumerReviews.com provides you with an in-depth comparison of 23 and Me and Live Well Testing.

Who has the best DNA Tests? It seems like everywhere you look these days, there are companies offering DNA Testing. The largest consumers of these DNA tests are people who want to connect with their heritage and/or living relatives, or who are hoping to gain insights into medical conditions and inherited medical predispositions that might affect their health.

Other reasons why people might want a DNA Test include establishing paternity of a child, identifying inherited traits, and detection of infidelity. But no matter the reason, one thing's for sure: DNA Testing has exploded in popularity as its reliability and usefulness continues to grow.

It's important to point out that, as a consumer industry, these DNA tests and the results that come from them are still an emerging science. This is especially true when it comes to testing for ancestry, where one's results are best considered a probability estimate and not an absolute conclusion. For example, you could have a DNA test done today that shows your heritage as 60% British Isles and 40% Eastern Europe, but re-running the same test in five years could show a slightly different balance as more people are tested and the estimates become more accurate.

Similarly, testing done to determine DNA traits and predispositions for medical conditions should be taken as one piece of the puzzle, not a foregone conclusion. Most experts recommend discussing these results with your doctor or a geneticist before making any drastic changes or coming to any written-in-stone conclusions regarding your future health.

On the other hand, DNA testing has been highly accurate when determining parentage. False positives are rare: if your test shows that Person X is the father of a particular child, those results are very likely to stand up in court.

There are many different companies offering DNA testing today, so it's important to know which ones offer the service you need before you purchase a home test kit. As you consider which company to use, you should keep in mind the following criteria:

  • Focus. Does the company offer DNA tests primarily for genealogy purposes, health testing, or paternity? Can you get a comprehensive test for multiple purposes (like ancestry and health background)?
  • Price. DNA testing fluctuates in price, with fees ranging from less than $50 to well over $500. Because these services have become more popular recently, you may be able to find promotions and discounts at certain times of the year.
  • Results. Have people used this service and been satisfied with the information received? If you're using a DNA test to explore your family history, how well does the company connect people with living relatives? (In other words, how big is their database of users who want to share their information with blood relations?)
  • Reputation. Does the company have a good track record for accurate testing and protection of privacy?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best DNA Testing companies available today. We hope these reviews help you find the DNA information you're looking for!



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