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Tina Geiger 22, Jun 6 mins
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There are many reasons why people choose to get DNA tests. Maybe they want to confirm a parental relationship, maybe they want to know about their ancestors or maybe they’re just curious about their genetic makeup. Regardless of the reason, there are a plethora of DNA testing services available on the market these days and for the average consumer, it might be a little confusing.

How is one better than the other? How do you know which is right for you? In the midst of all the chaos of the DNA testing markets, here are a few tips to guide your choice.

  1. Choose Based on Your Needs:

While the term DNA testing is rather vague, there are many reasons why this testing is done and you should consider this before choosing a service. For example, some DNA37 tests are specifically designed to break down your ancestry and tell you what your genetic makeup is. Some are specifically designed to confirm the paternity or maternity of specific people or confirm familial relationships. Some are also designed to give a breakdown of their genetic predisposition for health reasons.

This is one of the most important things you should consider. Choosing a DNA testing service for familial relationships will not be of any use to you if your primary reason for testing is to find out your genetic makeup. Before you patronize any service, conduct research on the type of DNA testing they do and make sure it is in line with your needs.

  1. Consider Price:

Depending on the service you use, DNA testing might be quite expensive or rather cheap. If you are getting a test done…

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