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# Tuesday, September 09, 2008
23andMe Demystifies DNA for Ancestry.com Cheek-Swabbers
Posted by Diane

23andMe, the Google-funded company that profiles customers’ genomes, is teaming up with Ancestry.com to beef up the genetic information for Ancestry.com's DNA customers.

Users of Ancestry.com’s DNA testing services will now get access to the same ancestral content available through the 23andMe Web site.

Ancestry DNA offers Y-DNA and mitochondrial (mt) DNA tests for $149 to $179. Y-DNA follows male lines and can help you search for potential cousins in DNA databases; mtDNA informs you about maternal lines and is best for exploring your ancient ancestry.

See an example of the educational materials Ancestry DNA test-takers will get with their test results.

Meanwhile, 23andMe now “democratizes personal genetics” with its $399 genome profiling service (previously, the only available test cost a pricey $999). This test gives you both health- and ancestry-related information about your genes.

Though its service would still empty out most people's piggy banks, the 23andMe Web site does a good job of explaining genetic testing to laypeople. Ancestry.com's DNA customers should benefit.


Ancestry.com | Genetic Genealogy
Tuesday, September 09, 2008 8:38:22 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [0]