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23 AND ME

23andMe offers the most comprehensive DNA testing available for those who want to better understand their unique characteristics. Especially with the increasing popularity of genealogy research, there are a number of companies offering testing to help people track their ancestry and connect with relatives around the world, and 23andMe's services excel in that regard.

With just a saliva sample, 23andMe creates more than 60 reports that are delivered by email in 6-8 weeks. These reports include:

  • Carrier Status reports: 35+ reports detailing whether or not the individual is a carrier for inherited conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis, Sickle Cell Anemia, and Hereditary Hearing Loss
  • Ancestry reports: 3+ reports describing one's family history, including Ancestry Composition, Maternal/Paternal Lineage, and Neanderthal
  • Wellness reports: 5+ reports to help individuals make more informed choices about diet and exercise, such as Muscle Composition, Lactose Intolerance, and Alcohol Flush Reaction
  • Traits reports: 19+ reports that indicate unique characteristics such as tendencies towards Hair Loss, taste preferences, and more

23andMe also provides users with the opportunity to connect with DNA relatives, allowing them to better fill in their family tree. It is important to note that 23andMe has strong privacy protection in place: no individual data is shared without the person's explicit consent, and user data is only shared for research purposes if they opt in.

The Ancestry service costs only $99, while the Health and Ancestry service costs $199. Shipping starts at $9.95 for one kit. Users can receive a 10% discount on orders of two or more kits, with shipping increasing accordingly.

In virtually every circumstance - from family history research to testing for genetic conditions - 23andMe stands out as an excellent choice for DNA testing. They earn our highest rating.

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LIVE WELL TESTING

Live Well Testing offers a broad variety of medical testing options. You'll find drug tests, DNA testing, wellness testing, and much more - including detailed descriptions with each test and a very professional shopping experience. Live Well Testing currently holds a Better Business Bureau rating of A+ and does an excellent job of describing the purpose, testing process, and what to expect with each test.

The DNA testing options at Test Country are among the most diverse we've seen. We were excited to see that they offer both non-court and court admissible testing for their clients.

Available Tests:

  • Paternity
  • Maternity
  • Avuncular (grandparent)
  • Siblingship
  • Twin Zygosity
  • Immigration (biological relationship between two people when applying for citizenship)
  • Ancestry
  • Blood type
  • Health Risks

A straightforward paternity test at Live Well Testing starts at $199. Samples may be taken from blood, mouth swab, hair, and other bodily excretions. DNA test results appear in the form of a notarized report and are available 3 to 5 days after the sample is received. Results may be faxed to those looking for immediate information.

Another customer friendly aspect at Live Well Testing is their price match guarantee. If you find a better price for DNA testing from a list of stores they provide, Live Well Testing will match their price. Affordable shipping is another benefit at Live Well Testing, which starts at $4.95.

We were impressed with the DNA testing options available with Live Well Testing. Along with customer friendly policies, a strong reputation, fair pricing, and a quality shopping experience, Live Well Testing is a great place for your DNA testing needs.

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MEDIMPEX

Medimpex has been in business since 1999 and was one of the first companies to produce and distribute a wide variety of tests including DNA, forensic, alcohol, and drug testing direct to the consumer at affordable prices.

The Medimpex website is busy and a little overwhelming at first but pretty straightforward once you find the forensic test kits. Along with each test you'll find an easy to understand description of what the test entails and the purpose. A standard paternity test at Medimpex is affordably priced at $179.00.

Available Tests:

  • Paternity
  • Full Paternity Test (mother/child/father)
  • Infidelity Testing

First class mail delivery is free at Medimpex and several options for expedited shipping are available. Test results are provided in approximately one week and are available via phone with a follow-up hard copy report.

Medimpex does a decent job of offering affordable, straightforward DNA testing for the purposes of identifying parents. Despite a less professional website we appreciated Medimpex's reputation and fair pricing. If you are in need of affordable paternity testing, Medimpex is worth looking into.

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AMERICAN SCREENING CORPORATION

American Screening Corporation, or ASC, is a Louisiana based company that's been in business since 2002. Their focus is providing affordable, high quality medical supplies direct to the consumer. That also includes at home testing for drugs and DNA.

The ASC website is less user friendly than those companies ranked higher. Finding the DNA testing was quick but deciphering the test type and purpose was more of a challenge.

Available Tests:

  • Paternity/Maternity
  • DNA Profile for Identification
  • Infidelity Testing

The tests range in price from $180 to $540 with additional costs associated with rushing the results. Identifying the parents of a child starts at $180 and is middle of the road in price across the companies reviewed.

ASC provides test results via the phone in 2 to 3 days after receiving the swab sample. For those wanting testing completed for the purpose of identifying their remains at a later date, ASC does offer 16 to 23 marker testing as well as sample storage for safekeeping.

ASC offers a nice selection of DNA testing but misses the mark with poor descriptions, sample reports and final a call-in process for results. If you're looking for a more customer friendly and professional DNA testing experience we recommend you choose a higher ranked company.

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FAMILY TREE DNA

With so many people interested in their family history, or genealogy, DNA testing to determine one's genetic heritage is becoming more popular than ever. FamilyTreeDNA provides the most in-depth DNA tests available for those looking to trace their ancestral roots in a scientific manner, which is probably why they were selected by National Geographic as the testing partner for their Genographic Project.

FamilyTreeDNA's tests fall into three main categories:

  • Family Finder, which gives users a detailed geographic breakdown of where their ancestors came from, and to connect with other relatives within their database of users
  • yDNA testing, for males only, tracking their heritage specifically along their father's DNA (the Y-chromosome)
  • mtDNA, which traces the user's maternal ancestry through mitochondrial DNA, and can confirm or disprove siblingship

FamilyFinder is the most widely purchased DNA test at FamilyTreeDNA, especially by those who want a first look at their overall ancestry - what percentage of their ancestors came from Asia compared to Europe, for example. The cost is $99, which is very competitive with similar tests done by other companies in our review.

Within both the yDNA and mtDNA, there are several levels of testing, depending on how deeply the customer wants to have their genetic makeup analyzed. For example, the yDNA test that examines 37 genetic markers costs $169, while the test that covers 111 markers sells for $359. All of the yDNA and mtDNA tests allow users to connect with others that have similar genetic histories as well as with group projects and experts in their specific lineages.

And, for those who want a full package, the Comprehensive Genome package includes FamilyFinder, the yDNA test that covers 67 markers, as well as the full mtDNA test. However, the steep price of $566 is likely to deter all but the most dedicated genealogy buffs.

Overall, FamilyTreeDNA is an excellent - albeit costly - resource for those who want to examine their family history at a cellular level. It is worth noting, though, that for anyone looking for DNA testing with other purposes in mind - paternity testing, determining if an individual is a carrier for an inherited condition, and so on-FamilyTreeDNA will probably not meet their needs as well as some of the other products in our review.

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DNA Testing

With recent advancements in scientific testing, it's becoming more commonplace for people to request DNA information. Why would you want to see your DNA? DNA testing is used today for a number of reasons including identifying human traits, infidelity testing, locating relatives, early detection of disease, and establishing paternity.

Several online companies exist today that have significantly reduced the cost of DNA testing and made the process very easy. For just a small fee, you can check the paternity of a child, look for the probability of life threatening diseases, find long lost relatives, and much more.

However, not all companies that offer DNA testing provide the same service or charge the same fees. Before you order a DNA testing kit yourself, you should consider the following important factors:

  • Purpose. Many DNA companies focus on testing for the sole purpose of identifying the mother or father of a child. If you're after health related information make sure the testing will serve that purpose.
  • Cost. DNA testing can range from $99 to $500 and up. Make sure you understand the cost and what you'll receive before you finalize your transaction.
  • Reporting. Once the DNA results come back you'll want a report easy to read. Look for a company that provides user friendly DNA results.

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best DNA testing services available today. We hope these reviews help you get the DNA tests that you're looking for!



DNA In The News

DNA leads to arrest in Washington cold-case murder of young couple

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They gave a DNA swab to the State Police and solved a 7-year-old missing persons case

It wasn't the answer they were hoping for, but at least it was an answer. Jason Grabert's family hadn't heard from him since January 2010. He was 37 years old and recently diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia when he went missing, but his disappearance ...

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US Senator: California should test DNA of condemned inmate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's governor should allow more sensitive DNA testing that advocates say could exonerate a death row inmate, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris said Friday. "As a firm believer in DNA testing, I hope the governor and the state ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 17:45:00 GMT



Jury foreman 'shocked' by DNA evidence, asks for new trial 15 years later

THUNDERBOLT, Ga. -- Fifteen years after sentencing a man to life in prison, the jury foreman who read the guilty verdict is now calling on the courts to grant Sonny Bharadia a new trial. In 2003, Bharadia was convicted for a sex assault and robbery that ...

Published:  Sun, 20 May 2018 08:40:00 GMT



EAR Investigation, DNA Technology May Help Solve Another Decades Old Murder Case

SACRAMENTO -- 12 murders and 50 rapes. The East Area Rapist/ Golden State Killer case is huge. As investigators continue to piece together suspect Joseph DeAngelo's life, many wonder if he will be linked to any other cold cases across the state. In ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 21:50:00 GMT



South Florida Police Bring New Life to Cold Cases With DNA Phenotyping

DNA evidence is often used by police departments around the country to solve crimes, however, one company has taken DNA analysis a step further. Parabon Snapshot offers a DNA phenotyping service which produces a report for authorities including a composite ...

Published:  Sat, 19 May 2018 10:41:00 GMT



DNA Research Opens Door to Match Slaves With Relatives

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Their burial place was never peaceful. The night they gathered to bury a mother and her child, they searched for nails to secure the lid to the wood coffins. They could see off in the distance, even through the black, the towering ...

Published:  Sat, 19 May 2018 06:06:00 GMT



DNA evidence points to a different criminal but this man is serving life for the crime

THUNDERBOLT, Ga. -- On a pleasant November day, a young school teacher came home to her apartment just outside Savannah. She thought she was alone when she returned from Sunday church service, but there was a man inside her apartment. Once they ...

Published:  Sat, 19 May 2018 07:34:00 GMT



DNA leads to arrest in cold-case murder of young couple

Homeless addict learned to read at 37. Now, he's a college grad. A 55-year-old man has been arrested in a 31-year-old cold case involving a young couple murdered in Washington state. Detectives from the Snohomish County and Skagit County Sheriff's ...

Published:  Sun, 20 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT




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