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    I Got My DNA Results!

    I recently did a DNA test through Ancestry.com. I plan on ordering a test for both my mom and my nephew next month. I have a few minor percentages I'm not to thrilled with, but otherwise it's all very interesting.

    http://dna.ancestry.com/public/ethni...6-a2cdfd617b85

    It's all very exciting to me.

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    Since nobody talks about the methodology used for these little tests, I am personally somewhat dubious. They make sweeping statements using genetic minutia. But here with you, DerRotHammer, we have an opportunity to check the company and its methodology somewhat. If your mother is tested it would be very interesting to see how that matches with yours. It would be perfect if your father were tested also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DerRotHammer View Post
    have a few minor percentages I'm not to thrilled with, but otherwise it's all very interesting.
    First of all, congrats... I hope this opens a door of discovery for you.

    Second, don't concern yourself with the minor ethnic quantities that Ancestry reports.

    Their system is flawed as much of it is based on user surveys, not actual analysis and typing.

    It's a good start, though.... I encourage you to use 23andme.com next time, or FTDNA.com, or if you're of British descent, there are some good UK based DNA groups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow View Post
    Since nobody talks about the methodology used for these little tests, I am personally somewhat dubious. They make sweeping statements using genetic minutia. But here with you, DerRotHammer, we have an opportunity to check the company and its methodology somewhat. If your mother is tested it would be very interesting to see how that matches with yours. It would be perfect if your father were tested also.
    My dad took the National Geographic test, but they display results differently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammish View Post
    It's a good start, though.... I encourage you to use 23andme.com next time, or FTDNA.com, or if you're of British descent, there are some good UK based DNA groups.
    I plan on doing the 23andme.com one next, but later. Just ordering my mother's and nephew's tests is $200 with the discount(or a little less). Got some stuff I plan to do with my fun money after that on subsequent paychecks before the 23andme.com test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DerRotHammer View Post
    My dad took the National Geographic test, but they display results differently.
    Yeah, too bad he did not take yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow View Post
    Yeah, too bad he did not take yours.
    He says it was more because he wanted to support their human migration studies, but he also mentioned he didn't know the differences in displays. I believe the latter has more to do with it. For European decent, it only broke it down to 46% Northern European and 38% Mediterranean. The test values as they'd be displayed on his test for me would have appeared as 82 or 83% Northern European and 14% Mediterranean, not counting smaller values equally <1%. :/ I wish he'd do the Ancestry.com test.

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    I agree with your father, the Nat. Geo. results go into a huge data base comparing all of mankind. Since we really do not know the methodology for any of these we cannot assume they are the same and indeed they seem to display results differently.

    For the basic $100.00 price, they cannot be doing whole genome. They must select various things and stretches on the genome. Dr. Bryan Sykes talks about this in his new book.

    What I suspect is they compile everybody's profile into a sort of colored painting of say Europe. Then they compare your results to this colored picture and simply pick bits and pieces where you resemble portions of this picture of theirs.

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    Hey man, just to get a little more out of your ancestry results, upload your raw dna file to Gedmatch.com. From there run the series of eurogenes tests they have available (all free database comparisons). These tests look at ancient migratory populations, comparing your hunter gatherer vs steppe vs middle eastern farmer percentages. Just something fun to play around with.

    Don't be concerned with the trace dna either. Its just that, trace or maybe even analytical static. These are completely normal. We are all of mixed heritage. Honor all of your ancestors.
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