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Ancestry and Other Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing

Approximately 7 million ancestry tests have been ordered by curious consumers, most of those in the past few years. That’s a lot of DNA! Ethnic background is one type of result that can come from an online DNA test, along with others like physical traits, wellness factors, carrier status for recessive conditions, and estimates of genetic relatedness to others who have also tested. While these results have the potential to empower people with information they can then use to make changes or decisions, they can also raise questions. Where do you turn for answers?

In the webinar recording below, genetic counselor and ancestry test consultant Brianne Kirkpatrick will address some of the common questions she hears, like “What could a direct-to-consumer DNA test tell me?” and “Who will own my data?” She’ll also address the different types of genetic tests on the market and touch upon the fact that “surprises” can be sprung on you any time in life…and DNA tests results are no exception. This NSGC consumer webinar will leave you empowered with the questions to ask before you test and resources to have on hand when your results come back.

 

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If there is any additional information we can provide, please do not hesitate to contact us at nsgc@nsgc.org.