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Want to do your own DNA Testing?


We know brand new show The DNA Detectives has got you hooked.

And we've been inundated with questions about how to do your own DNA testing after the first episode revealed some of the history of Jack Tame and Ray McVinnie.

So, we went to the show's producers to find the details out of how you can embark on your own DNA test.

The DNA Detectives show producer Jane Andrews has this information to offer:

"The DNA Detectives used a number of sites for DNA testing. Each service has a slightly different focus. It will take at least 6 weeks to get results back and can be up to 6 months for some services. Please read the conditions associated with each test as they vary widely.

www.23andme.com has the most varied test results. Their results include looking at how much Neanderthal DNA you carry as well as the geographic spread of your DNA markers. This service also tells you the YDNA haplogroup carried by men who do a test and the MtDNA carried by men and women who do the test. These are the markers that allow you to trace your very ancient ancestry back to Africa. The site will match you with distant relatives.

www.ancestry.com is a service that offers a basic DNA test and the results are easily used to help build a detailed family tree alongside conventional ancestry records. This service is more useful at helping you find people with a direct connection to your family tree.

www.familytreedna.com offers tests that pin point where you fit within a certain family or group of people with the same surname. It's a very specific kind of test to look at how people are connected rather than putting you in touch with various realtives.

www.shop.nationalgeographic.com- Genographic 2.0 Project. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Spencer Wells and his team designed this test to look at nearly 750,000 DNA markers, many of which have been specifically selected to provide highly detailed ancestry-related information."

Don't forget the DNA Detectives airs every Wednesday on TV ONE at 8.30pm - and you can watch the series on TVNZ OnDemand !

 


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