From personalized medicine to genealogy work, DNA testing opens up a world of possibilities. Despite the excitement, there are some controversies surrounding clinical and at-home genetic testing, most of which are founded on myths and misconceptions. To help you better understand DNA testing, Dynamic DNA Labs has debunked a couple of these misconceptions.
Myth #1. DNA Testing Requires a Blood Sample
Although taking a blood sample is one DNA testing method, most genetics labs choose another method. Technology has advanced enough that we can now extract DNA from a saliva or a cheek swab. Generally, genetics labs will ask for a cheek swab sample, which makes the process quick, convenient, and painless.
Myth #2. Ancestry DNA Testing is Only for Men
Ancestry DNA tests are a great way to explore your ethnic roots and get started on genealogy work, but many people believe that these tests are only available to men. This is because some ancestry DNA tests trace Y-Chromosomes, which are passed from father to son. These tests are known as Y-DNA tests and while they are one method of genealogy testing, they are not the only option. In fact, mtDNA tests, which trace matriarchal lines, are available for both men and women. Autosomal tests are also available to both men and women because they trace DNA found on non-sex chromosomes. To learn more about your options, talk to an expert at Dynamic DNA Labs.
Myth #4. Your Genetic Information is Not Secure
This is perhaps the biggest concern people have with DNA testing. Luckily, this cannot be further from the truth. By participating in a DNA test, your information will not be put into a public database and your information cannot be accessed by employers or health insurance companies. In fact, this is prohibited by federal law.
Your information can be accessed by other people who do DNA testing only if you allow it. This helps with genealogy work and allows you to connect with distant relatives. For this to happen, you will have to fill out a form and provide consent. If you do not want to find relatives through DNA testing, you do not have to disclose your information.
Contact Dynamic DNA Labs
Dynamic DNA Labs is a state-of-the-heart DNA testing laboratory that specializes in DNA fitness testing, ethnicity testing, paternity testing, and more. Whether you are looking to develop a personalized exercise plan or trace your ancestral roots, our experienced team of scientists can help. To learn more about our services or schedule a DNA test, contact us today!