$97 for a DNA Ancestry Test with an Online Results Manual from AncestrybyDNA ($195 Value)

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Cheek swabs collect a DNA sample from the mouth; the lab sends back an ancestry breakdown by percentage, based on four population groups

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$97 for a DNA Ancestry Test ($195 Value)

Participants receive a DNA sample-collection kit containing cheek swabs and instructions for collecting samples from the inside of the mouth. Send the samples back to the lab, and after a six- to eight-week analysis, the lab returns a PDF certification detailing the customer's personal ancestral breakdown. The breakdown is based on four percentage groups: indigenous American, European–South Asian, East Asian, and sub-Saharan African. The analysis also comes with a manual explaining the process and human migration history.

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AncestrybyDNA helps customers trace their genetic lineages using a method called biogeographical ancestry. The test, which measures DNA markers on 22 pairs of autosomes, or nonsex chromosomes, searches each participant's full spectrum of ancestors for similar markers, which may span many geographical locations.

Customers receive a kit at home that contains cheek swabs and instructions for collecting samples from the inside of the mouth—a more effective sample method than sending in everything you have ever touched. The results are given in rough percentages broken down to four population groups.

For a more precise look at family history, the company also offers paternal (Y-STR) and maternal (mtDNA) lineage tests, which determine the migration routes of paternal or maternal ancestors on their way to share their first spaghetti noodle.

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