Living DNA Genetic Test
Living DNA is one of the popular DNA testing companies. They are known to specialize in British ancestry of which they cover the most number of sub-populations. They are also one of the few companies that have shipment facilities to the most number of countries in the world.
- Service available in almost all countries.
- Use customize Global Screening Array chip that is conducive to health analysis.
- Best company to go to if you are British.
- Skewed towards the Western population.
- Genealogy community is not developed.
- Family matches not yet available.
Living DNA Genetic Test Review: Summary
I have discovered, that the living DNA test is an absolute wonder to behold. I had held specific ideas about my ancestry, but this confirmed my suspicions. It also made me realise a few mysterious things I had been eager to pursue. The lessons were very easy to grasp.
The living DNA test, in my opinion, is the best in the market and gives you value for your money; (The test doesn’t cover family finding).
Living DNA Genetic Test: Full review
A new company was established in 2016 by the DNA Worldwide known as Living DNA which deals with testing for one’s ancestry through their genes. Several tests have been sold including those developed by themselves, those developed with Scotland’s DNA and developed with family tree DNA. Only a small number of organizations work at improving their tests, so I was curious as to what living DNA had to offer.
The site offers a single test. According to Living DNA, their test is the first to fit nearly every race indeed. As such you can find your ancestry in one of over 80 regions worldwide. For those who need specific details about their British ancestry, Living DNA covers 21 regions of the British isle. They have listed on the site all 80worldwide regions and all the 21 British Isles.
The test reports about your ‘Fatherline’ ancestry (through your Y chromosome), your ‘Motherline ‘ ancestry ( by testing your mitochondrial DNA) and your family ancestry’ (through your autosomal DNA) I was shown examples charts and interactive maps.
The charts and maps as they said, would contain the ethnic groups that I share DNA with and their location. Migratory paths maps will also be provided to show the paths my ancestors followed after leaving the African continent thousands of years ago, and ill get to see how my lineage connects to other humans.
The Living DNA website provided for privacy for all the tests and results but with minor terms and conditions attached.
You have the option, a hard copy for an extra 39 pounds you were entitled to a hard copy of the results. I only wanted the online copy though.
On the sight, it was stated that my results would be sent in 10- 12 weeks after my sample got back to them. In exactly 12 weeks I got an email of my results on my account.
It was divided into: Ancestry, Family ancestry, maternal lineage, paternal lineage, Research, Share results, Test details
Results section: Family Ancestry
I found it interesting, that they called the analysis of my autosomal DNA my ‘Family Ancestry’ because no other reports that I’ve bought have used this before. I found out that in the Family Ancestry, I would be able to see up to ten generations of my ancestors and their geographic origin.
I was able to see the part of the British Isles that my ancestors had been a part of my autosomal DNA. I also got to see the discreet regions by clicking the “+” I saw the sub-regional view.
I got to see that over three generations ago, my recent ancestors had lived in London, Scotland, Leeds and Ireland. Through my autosomal results, I found out that my ancestry is predominantly Scottish.
Through tests taken in other places, I got to find out that around 7% of my autosomal DNA was attributed to Scandinavian countries. This wasn’t shown in Living DNA.
The sub-regional groups were divided into human-shaped chart images or a doughnut chart.
I also had access to a thorough history Map that showed me the spread of my through different times in history. I even got to see too 80,000 years ago when the whole earth had the same ancestors.
The green dots in the through history level are the population groups I believe.
Results Section: Motherline
This section was to cover as far back as 200,00years of my maternal lineage. In the first subsection called ‘history’, I saw that I was likely related to those who colonised Europe on my maternal side. My maternal haplogroup seemed to end up in Kenya.
The ‘Coverage Map’ section showed me that the most significant population groups with which I share my ancestry are from El Molo in Kenya and Rendili in Kenya.
The ‘Migration Map’ which was the next subsection, showed the paths my maternal ancestors took when they left Africa.
The ‘phylogenetic tree’ showed how my maternal haplogroup and subclade were connected to all haplogroups dating back to early humans.
Results Section: Fatherline
Living DNA stated that it could date back to over 180,000 years of my paternal lineage. It showed me that my paternal haplogroup was Scandinavian and of the Baltic and north sea.
Only 4% in England shared my history as opposed to 25% of Norwegians, 20% Swedes, 20% Danes and 17% Finns. The map showed my paternal ancestry left Africa, passed through Saudi Arabia and settled in Turkey, Europe and Scandinavia.
So far compared to other genetic companies, Living DNA remains the best.
Result Section: Research
I had the option of choosing to share my result with Living DNA Global Research. They also included how the research would be useful for the improvement f genetic ancestry and that I could choose to stop the use at any time.
In all, the Living DNA test ensures that you get value for your money.