What are home and over-the-counter DNA test kits?

DNA home test kits make it possible for some people to learn more about their genetics, ancestry, and other general health risks. A person provides a saliva sample, which will be analyzed in a laboratory. The purpose of this analysis is to study the DNA of the cells in the sample for various mutations that indicate a risk for developing specific health problems. So, it is important to note that it is not necessary to have a doctor’s opinion to get an at home DNA test kit, and it is also possible to buy them online. Do you want to perform an at home DNA test? We will guide you in choosing the right kit.

How to choose a home DNA test kit?

In order to make the right choice for your home DNA test kit, it is important to take into account the following points when making your choice:

·        The accreditations of the laboratories used by the company:

Not all DNA test kits are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and testing labs may not be accredited by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).

·        Manufacturer’s privacy policy:

It is important to check whether the manufacturer provides well-detailed information about how customer data will be used and stored.

·        The company’s employees:

Remember that some centers employ genetic specialists, as well as genetic counselors. These then offer doctors who will follow the different users of the DNA kits at home, in order to better understand the different results obtained.

·        The manufacturer’s website:

Note that it is important to examine the quality of the information posted on the company’s website. This is because the information will definitely cover their services, prices, as well as their analysis, and testing methods.

The different types of home DNA test kits on the market

·        The AncestryDNA kit

Simple and easy to use, this home DNA test kit can be ordered online. It comes with a saliva sample. Once received, put some of your salivae in the sample, then send it back to the lab for further analysis.

·        The 23andMe kit

Also available online, and highly rated on sales sites, it provides you with results in a short time.

·        MyHeritage DNA kit

With a relatively low price compared to other kits, the MyHeritage DNA kit is also available online and its results are delivered within 4 weeks.