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Re: AncestrybyDNA vs 23&Me
In Response To: Re: AncestrybyDNA ()

Hi Lyle,
How much is the new ABDNA test? The "complete" 23&Me is now up to $499. I did the old ABDNA under PrintGenomics in FL and I've done the 23&Me.

Differences: 1) Cost
2) ABDNA used about 176 Ancestry Informative Markers and gave you a breakdown into 4 groups: Sub-Saharan African, Euro, Asian,& Native American, but they didn't tell you where the markers were really located so you couldn't do outside research. 23&Me does 550,000+ STRs. The complete edition gives you a breakdown into 3 groups: Sus-Saharan African, Euro, and Asian. You get your raw data and can compare / research until you don't know what you're doing. They present you with mtDNA, y-dna (if appl), and autosomal (but it's not the complete mtDNA, not sure about y since I don't have one). The Relative Finder might have the capacity to link people providing they have researched direct & collateral lines. With your data, they indicate elevated / decreased risk for some traits & give you the likelihood for somethings you can either figure out or don't really care about (wet or dry earwax; probable blood type - Go give blood & find out for real)

I've not had any confirmable links - ie only matches on European segments for which I don't have data.

Nevertheless, if I had a male who had not taken any tests, then I might recommend 23&Me because you'd get reasonable results for mtDNA & Y, plus the other stuff.

Note - I still like FTDNA & I have ordered my full mtDNA with them as 23&Me isn't complete. Also, remember I quit smoking so I measure DNA tests in the costs of cartons of cigarettes :-) Maybe Currie will present his sentiments. Sonia

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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