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    Ancestry DNA Testing Kits - Anyone Used Them?

    I'm just getting a few ideas for unusual pressies together and wondered if anyone had any experiance of them?
    Basically, they do is test to see what percentage of your DNA is european, asian, african etc. and sounds like something that is both unusual and informative for a gift.
    They are about £100 but would be money well spent I think.

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    Not my cup of tea, I'm afraid. The might be alright, but I've heard many a horror story about these Ancestry sites and the like being scams to make money.

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    I bought my wife one for her b'day. From National Geographic, and your sample gets integrated into the research project. Waiting now for the final checking so don't know what you get back in detail.

    I want to know where her oddly "webbed" feet come from.

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    Might buy one for my dad for fathers day, could raise some eyebrows....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    I bought my wife one for her b'day. From National Geographic, and your sample gets integrated into the research project. Waiting now for the final checking so don't know what you get back in detail.

    I want to know where her oddly "webbed" feet come from.
    That'll be the Norfolk in her.

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    Really interesting idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danp View Post
    Might buy one for my dad for fathers day, could raise some eyebrows....
    I was thinking - buying these as gifts could cause a few awkward moments....

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    Always joked with one of my friends that she probably belongs to the postman because she looks so little like her folks and her siblings. Hmmmmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobra427col View Post
    I was thinking - buying these as gifts could cause a few awkward moments....
    It's not a paternity test so no reason it should do.

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    I'm not sure they're really a 'gift' as they're more aimed at determining whether or not you might develop cancer or something. I wouldn't want to know tbh. I'd rather live my life and take each condition and problem as it comes. A 25% chance of developing late onset Alzheimers is still a 75% chance of NOT and this might be affected by whether or not you live long enough or whether your 0.2% increased chance of developing pancreatic cancer might get in first to finish you off. Sounds a bit Daily Fail-ish to me but to each their own and all that. I wouldn't want to get one as a gift though.

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    My husband did one a few years back. It traced his roots back Bosnia Herzegovina, but the closest relations on the database at the time were in the states and were connected many, many generations back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMLightfoot View Post
    I'm not sure they're really a 'gift' as they're more aimed at determining whether or not you might develop cancer or something. I wouldn't want to know tbh. I'd rather live my life and take each condition and problem as it comes. A 25% chance of developing late onset Alzheimers is still a 75% chance of NOT and this might be affected by whether or not you live long enough or whether your 0.2% increased chance of developing pancreatic cancer might get in first to finish you off. Sounds a bit Daily Fail-ish to me but to each their own and all that. I wouldn't want to get one as a gift though.
    Depends on what tests you're buying, I think the ones being discussed are more aimed at unpicking which bits of your dna come from which bit of the world. It's more a genetic heritage test than a diagnostic test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bananas View Post
    Depends on what tests you're buying, I think the ones being discussed are more aimed at unpicking which bits of your dna come from which bit of the world. It's more a genetic heritage test than a diagnostic test.
    That's the kind that I was thinking of

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    That's the kind that I was thinking of
    Yup, I did say on my first post that it was to trace ancestry, not the very expensive, circa £1000, genetics testing you can have done to check your chances of developing a whole range of unfortunate ailments.

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