A DNA test can serve many purposes, as you have probably seen from TV and other social media. For example, DNA tests can be used to discover your ancestry, identify lost relatives, verify paternity & sibling relationships and identify people who have died.
One of the newest and fast-growing uses of DNA analysis is in researching your family history, a field of study known as genetic genealogy. According to the website MyFamilyDNATest.com, ancestry DNA testing is the use of personal autosomal DNA analysis to accomplish one of three things:
Identify new/missing relatives
Build a family tree
Understand your long-term ethnic family history.
When looking for the best ancestry DNA test, however, there are many factors to be aware of.
Here are the top 4 things you should consider when purchasing an ancestry DNA test.… Read the rest
DNA testing is now so advanced and accessible that there are different forms of screening to answer different questions. It is not enough to use genetic testing to learn more about where we come from.
In addition to this, we also want to find out more about who we are as individuals. There are tests about the deepest genetic signatures of our personality and preferences.
One of the more interesting testing options is to test for key markers for getting in better shape. The theory here is that a better understanding of our genetic makeup can highlight reasons why certain approaches to diet and weight loss work.
DNA testing can provide an insight into the best ways to stay in shape and shift stubborn pounds.… Read the rest
According to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), there were a total of 627, 911 missing person records in 2013. By the end of the year, 84, 136 of these cases were still unsolved (active).
Statistics also indicate that in 2013, there were 5,000 reported unidentified persons in the United States. A century ago most of these cases would have gone unsolved.… Read the rest
At times we are faced with situations that require us to perform DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) testing. These tests help to provide information about one’s genes and chromosomes.
There are several reasons for performing DNA tests.
In newborn screening, it helps in identifying genetic disorders early in life. It can also be used to identify a person for legal purposes for example in forensic testing which involves the use of DNA sequences to ascertain an individual’s identity. This type of testing can also be used to establish biological relationships between people, for instance in paternity tests.
A DNA test is a simple and a painless process that only requires a sample of your body cells.
The following is a step by step process of carrying out this procedure.… Read the rest
DNA testing can provide undeniable proof of blood relationships between family members and this tool is now used in some immigration cases to help applicants prove that the family members applying for visas really are their relatives. Applicants can undergo paternity, maternity or kinship tests to substantiate their claims – paternity tests for fathers and children, maternity for mothers and children and kinships for other family relationships, such as aunts and nieces.
In this guide, we will look at the purpose of these tests, the steps that the sponsors and beneficiaries need to take, important considerations that can affect the process and what to expect from the results.… Read the rest
Happy DNA Day! In case you have never heard of DNA day, April 25th is the day the scientific world celebrates the anniversary of the formal announcement of the discovery of the structure of DNA, as well as the anniversary of the Human Genome project being completed.
The race was on in the early 1950’s to determine what the actual structure of DNA was. When scientists James Watson and Francis Crick first made their discovery of Deoxyribonucleic Acid being a double helix, it was actually February 28th, 1953. Crick was reportedly so excited that he made a proclamation in a nearby pub that they had together found the secret of life. They waited until April 25 of the same year to properly announce their finding in Nature Magazine.… Read the rest