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Check out all the available DNA test kits and find the best one for you
Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Family Tree
MyHeritageDNA
Our score
9.9
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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Family Tree

MyHeritage is one of the main contenders in the DNA testing space, especially when it comes to genealogy. Its key advantage is that you can use its huge database to build an extensive family tree, but is that advantage enough to beat out other DNA kits? I decided to explore a bit further.

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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Family Tree
Ancestry
Our score
9.7
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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Family Tree

AncestryDNA is the DNA testing arm of the popular Ancestry genealogy service. Submitting a DNA sample allows you to add DNA-matched relatives to your family tree and can tell you about your predispositions to genetic diseases. Sign up now to discover your ethnic makeup and get actionable recommendations to improve your health, but beware the additional subscription fee to build your family tree.

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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
23andMe
Our score
9.6
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Ancestry
Health & Wellness

23andMe provides three paths (its three DNA tests) to one destination – you! When you take one of the combined tests for ancestry and health, you get 50+ ancestry reports, 10+ health predisposition reports, 5+ wellness reports, 40+ carrier status reports, and 30+ trait reports. Sounds good, but does it stack up against the increasing competition? I set out to test this DNA tester.

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Embark
Our score
9.5
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Pets

Embark promises to help you finally answer the question, “So, what breed is your dog?” Plus, you’ll get insights into your dog’s physical traits and any potential health risks. But do these results pass the “sniff test?” In other words, do the results actually match the dog?

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Ancestry
Diet & Nutrition
Living DNA
Our score
9.4
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Ancestry
Diet & Nutrition

I took a test to help you decide if this could be the right DNA testing company for you, and I can tell you that Living DNA lived up to my expectations with its wellness report. In terms of its ancestry estimates, I’m not so sure, because it didn’t seem to detect my Ashkenazi Jewish and Asian heritage that other DNA testing companies did detect.

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Ancestry
Diet & Nutrition
Vitagene
Our score
9.0
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Ancestry
Diet & Nutrition

A DNA test from Vitagene can give you tons of actionable information regarding your diet and fitness. You’ll discover things like what macronutrients you might be lacking, and how you can change your lifestyle to best meet your personal weight and wellness goals. Most packages also include an ancestry report, although this information is pretty basic compared to some other vendors on the market.

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Etalon Diagnostics
Our score
9
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Pets

If you’re ready to turn to DNA testing companies for insights about your own health and wellbeing, then you should be just as quick to look to Etalon Diagnostics for a better understanding of your horse. As one of the few companies occupying a very small sector of the DNA testing market, Etalon offers comprehensive, accessible, and affordable genetic information for people who love their horses – but is it the information you really need?

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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
Pets
EasyDNA
Our score
9
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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
Pets

Despite being a less well-known DNA testing company, EasyDNA has been in business for more than ten years and has offices around the world. It offers a wide range of Ancestry, Health and Wellness, and Diet and Fitness at-home DNA tests – plus more niche tests like for pets, drug testing, or determining relationships. It also does a few things a bit differently, such as letting you create your own sample collection kit.

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Family Tree
Legacy Tree Genealogists
Our score
9
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Family Tree

Is there an aspect of your family history that you’ve always wondered about? Are you interested in building a complete, accurate family tree full of historical details about each family member? Legacy Tree Genealogists can help you find the answers you’re looking for. The cost of this research can be quite high; but for a lot of people, the results have been very worthwhile.

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Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
Vitagen-X
Our score
9
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Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition

Vitagen-X is a relatively new, small, UK-based DNA testing company that is owned and run by a woman who is a registered nutritional therapist. This means that the company is small enough to care for its customers, yet – since the company owner doesn’t do the DNA sequencing herself – it should also be big enough to cope or to scale as customer numbers increase.

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Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
SelfDecode
Our score
9
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Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition

SelfDecode describes itself as a genetic interpretation tool and personal digital health coach. If you’re trying to get a handle on your own health or a family member’s health, SelfDecode can provide you with valuable genetic insight to help you make better lifestyle choices. Find out where and why your diet and fitness goals might be falling short, and see which genetic markers may indicate potential health risks you should discuss with a medical professional.

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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
CircleDNA
Our score
9
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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition

CircleDNA is one of the best DNA testing companies I have come across. Its app allows you to access your ancestry, health and wellness, and diet and fitness results, and its four DNA test kits – Vital, Health, Family Planning, and Premium – all come with at least one 30-minute consultation to discuss your results. For health, it might be relatively unbeatable, but you might be better off going elsewhere for ancestry if you’re particularly interested in finding relatives through DNA matches.

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Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
Rightangled
Our score
9
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Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition

Rightangled’s unique selling proposition is that its recommendations are based on analysis of your DNA combined with lifestyle factors deduced from a questionnaire that you fill out. Your test results are reviewed by qualified personnel – cardiologists or personal trainers, as appropriate – and you can book follow-up consultations with these professionals. But is this enough personal insight for you?

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Diet & Nutrition
GenoPalate
Our score
9
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Diet & Nutrition

GenoPalate’s DNA-based nutrition recommendations are very nicely presented, but you’ll need to pay a high price plus extra if you want five personalized recipes. However, you may be able to get the same report at a lower cost if you upload raw DNA data you’ve already gotten from another at-home testing company.

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Wisdom Panel
Our score
9
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Pets

Wisdom Panel gives you insights about your dog’s ancestry, health, and traits. So, you can finally have a good answer when people ask, “what breed is your dog?” Plus, you can create an individualized plan for your dog’s long-term health. But do these results pass the “sniff test?” In other words, how accurately will these predictions match your dog?

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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
HomeDNA
Our score
8.8
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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition

If you’re interested in taking a comprehensive DNA test to find out general information regarding your ancestry or genetic traits, HomeDNA probably isn’t the right choice for you. It can, however, offer in-depth insights for those with African or Asian heritage, letting you zoom into the individual towns and villages your ancestors are from.

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Ancestry
Family Tree
Findmypast
Our score
8.7
User score
Ancestry
Family Tree

If you want to explore your British/Irish ancestry, you should consider a DNA test with Findmypast. Not only does this vendor have the largest database of records available from these countries, but you can upgrade to test your Y-DNA and mtDNA to trace your paternal and maternal family lines. The price is pretty expensive for what you get, so you might want to consider uploading raw data that you get from another vendor to save some money.

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Diet & Nutrition
Vitl
Our score
8.6
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Diet & Nutrition

In addition to telling you your eye and hair color, a Vitl DNA Nutrition Test can tell you things that aren’t obvious for the outside, such as how your body will respond to certain diets and exercises. It also provides insights into how your body absorbs nutrients, so you can see if you will struggle to take in the vitamins and minerals you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Family Tree
Legacy 9.0 Family Tree
Our score
8.5
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Family Tree

If you want to explore your heritage and build your family tree, Legacy offers some of the very best genealogical software on the market. It will help you locate historical records and upload work that you may have done on other builders. In terms of price, it is hard to beat. But in terms of interface, there’s a lot to be desired. So, is it worth it?

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Ancestry
Family Tree DNA
Our score
8.5
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Ancestry

FamilyTreeDNA was one of the first companies (if not the first) to offer direct-to-consumer DNA testing for ancestry. It’s been doing this for 20 years and claims to be the best in the industry. The main downsides are the slow turnaround and slow support. Oh, and it doesn’t do DNA testing for health insights.

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Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
Gini Health
Our score
8.5
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Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition

Gini Health covers topics about health, disease risk, and nutrition. Find out how things like your genetic predisposition to certain sleep patterns or inflammation can play a role in your wellness. Gini Health promises to give you the information, tools, and accountability (with virtual health coaches) that you need to achieve your goals. But can a cheek swab and a phone app really help you change your health?

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Ancestry
Family Tree
TheGenealogist
Our score
8.5
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Ancestry
Family Tree

TheGenealogist seems to be a really good place to begin or continue your genealogical research. Through a close partnership with FamilyTreeDNA, user-friendly search tools, and a collection of millions of historical records, at first glance the site appears to be a great resource. However, TheGenealogist is primarily focused on the UK – what does that say about its overall value?

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Diet & Nutrition
Muhdo
Our score
8
User score
Diet & Nutrition

Muhdo claims to be special among similar competitors in the DNA testing market because of its focus on epigenetics. And while that’s a great selling point, as epigenetics can give you a more comprehensive perspective of who you are than the standard genetics test, it’s just one point-of-sale. There’s a lot more to talk about when it comes to what this company has to offer, so let’s take a closer look and see your money would be well-spent on its products.

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Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
GenePlanet
Our score
8
User score
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition

GenePlanet is a top provider of health and wellness DNA testing in Europe. They focus on preventive genetic testing to help you make smarter lifestyle choices and avoid preventable health conditions. But are they better than the bigger brands? I decided to find out.

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Ancestry
iGenea
Our score
8
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Ancestry

iGenea is closely affiliated with FamilyTreeDNA, which is one of the oldest and best at-home DNA testing companies for genealogy. This association affords iGenea access to extremely high-tech labs and a massive DNA reference database containing more than two million DNA profiles. Although iGenea can give its better-known competitors a run for their money in the ancestry space, it’s a pity it doesn’t also do DNA testing for diet, fitness, and health.

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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
24Genetics
Our score
8
User score
Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition

It makes sense that, the more genetic markers a DNA testing company looks at, the more information you’ll get about things like your heritage breakdown and health predispositions. 24Genetics sequences your entire genome, which is more than most competitors can say. You’ll get a huge report filled with tons of insightful information – but there’s a high price tag to match. And, if you want to explore your ancient ancestry and maternal/paternal lines, you’ll need to look elsewhere.

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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Helix
Our score
8
User score
Ancestry
Health & Wellness

Helix does things a bit differently from most DNA testing companies by performing exome sequencing rather than the more usual genotyping, which could provide more nuanced interpretations of your genes. However, at twice the price of many competitors, I’m not convinced you get twice the value.

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Diet & Nutrition
Gene Food
Our score
8
User score
Diet & Nutrition

Despite being a relatively new player in the DNA testing game, Gene Food has a lot to offer. It provides you with a massive amount of nutrigenomic information, and it really goes in-depth with your custom reports and dietary recommendations. But is it enough to truly make an impact in your life and help you reach your health goals?

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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
TeloYears
Our score
8
User score
Ancestry
Health & Wellness

A report from TeloYears can give you some interesting health information that few other DNA testing companies provide. You’ll learn how your current chronological age compares to your “biological age." - are you aging very quickly, or do you have the health of someone much younger than you? While the information is super interesting – lifesaving, even – be ready for an annoying push to sign up for a supplement subscription.

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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
Dynamic DNA Labs
Our score
8
User score
Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition

Besides its general ancestry DNA test that tells you where your maternal and paternal ancestors originated, Dynamic DNA Labs also offers two tests that tell you specifically if you are biologically related to your father, brother, or sister. However, this tester's main focus is on its health tests for your likely responses to pharmaceuticals (which could be covered by your insurance) and its diet and fitness DNA tests.

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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
Mapmygenome
Our score
8
User score
Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition

With so many DNA testing companies to choose from, why consider Mapmygenome? On the positive side, its reports are exceptionally detailed and cover some traits you don’t usually find on other companies’ reports. Also, a free genetic counseling session is included, which is a rare and great added value. On the downside, the process for ordering the tests, taking them, and sending in your DNA sample is unusually complicated and frustrating. The ancestry reports are wildly inaccurate, or at least mine were. And there are some important traits missing from the bundled health and wellness reports.

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Health & Wellness
Color
Our score
8
User score
Health & Wellness

Color’s US and international customers can learn about their genetic predispositions to cancer and heart disease, plus their likely responses to various medications. And – unlike many competitors – the test could be covered by your insurance. US customers (only) can also discover fun genetic insights about themselves.

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Health & Wellness
Strain Genie
Our score
8
User score
Health & Wellness

Founded by a PhD neuroscience researcher, Strain Genie attempts to pinpoint the best type of cannabis for both your body and your mind based on your unique genetic code. With a simple DNA test, you’ll receive a detailed report outlining the specific cannabis strains, terpenes, and THC/CBD combinations that will best align with your genetics. Assuming you can understand the results – and your local dispensaries have the recommended products – this information could be really helpful.

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Health & Wellness
Futura Genetics
Our score
8
User score
Health & Wellness

The Future Genetics DNA test tests for your genetic predispositions to 28 common conditions. For each condition, your risk score is compared with the average population, and you get actionable insights to reduce your risk. It all sounds good until you see the price tag.

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Health & Wellness
STD
LetsGetChecked
Our score
7
User score
Health & Wellness
STD

LetsGetChecked doesn't do DNA tests for genetic predispositions to diseases. It does do-it-yourself blood tests that tell you if you actually have a disease (including a sensitive sexually transmitted one), a deficiency (e.g., for a vitamin), or a hormonal imbalance (such as low testosterone). One of the best bits is that the confidential results come quickly, so you can take immediate action.

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Health & Wellness
GreenWay DNA
Our score
7
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Health & Wellness

The GreenWay DNA Test serves only one purpose: to inform you of the ideal dosages and ratio of cannabis constituents THC (psychoactive) and CBD (non-psychoactive) to treat conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, and pain. This is done by analyzing 20 genes and 40 genetic variants associated with cannabinoid and THC responses.

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Diet & Nutrition
Pets
5Strands
Our score
7
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Diet & Nutrition
Pets

If you suspect you might have a food or environmental intolerance, you should probably consider taking one of 5Strands’ at-home tests. This company analyzes hundreds of different factors that could be causing you stress or discomfort – far more than most competitors on the market. The report will give you a huge amount of data to work with – but the results aren’t the easiest to interpret.

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Viaguard
Our score
7
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Pets

Viaguard would be more viable as a pet (primarily dog) DNA and diagnostics company if I had more confidence in its website. It is confusing in terms of the tests that are actually available and whether you can buy them at all. There’s a glimmer of hope in the form of the separate dog breed determination website that appears to be more modern and more functional, and – indeed – the support staff encourages customers to use this website instead.

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Ancestry
Nebula Genomics
Our score
7
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Ancestry

Nebula genomics makes big claims about safeguarding your data, but I think we'd all agree that every DNA testing company should do that. It uniquely analyses the bacteria in your oral microbiome, and you can get additional insights for free by uploading raw DNA data from previous tests you’ve taken with other providers.

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Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
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Everlywell
Our score
7
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Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
STD

Everlywell doesn’t simply test your DNA to see if you’re predisposed to genetic diseases. However, if you already know that you could be at-risk for something, taking one of Everlywell’s at-home tests can help you find out for sure.

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Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
HealthCodes DNA
Our score
7
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Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition

HealthCodes DNA doesn’t simply sell a DNA test kit and a set of results. It offers DNA-driven training programs with “unlimited health consultations and lifetime access to diet and exercise planning technology.” Coupled with the fact that you can contact the company’s CEO, it all sounds a bit too good to be true, so I set out to investigate.

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Diet & Nutrition
DNAfit
Our score
7
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Diet & Nutrition

DNAfit doesn't do ancestry, but as its name suggests, it does use your DNA to provide actionable insights into how you can stay fit and healthy. The prices look high, but you get good value for your money, and you can be assured of superior support.

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Ancestry
Diet & Nutrition
CRI Genetics
Our score
7
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Ancestry
Diet & Nutrition

CRI Genetics’ DNA testing services are very similar to those offered by some of the industry’s “big name” providers in the areas of ancestry and health. This company makes a big point about testing nearly 650,000 markers across your genome, which arguably provides greater accuracy, but is this enough to justify its prices?

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Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
Caligenix
Our score
7
User score
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition

Caligenix dives deep into the latest nutrigenomics science to bring you personalized diet, fitness, and health insights. While the results are information-packed and visually appealing, is it enough to justify the higher price tag? Here we review the key plans and features that Caligenix offers, plus we discuss what’s missing or could be better. Will you find value in all that Caligenix has to offer?

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Family Tree
GenealogyBank
Our score
6.5
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Family Tree

GenealogyBank isn’t really a family tree builder, but it might appeal to people who’re interested in their family’s history. It lets you search through billions of U.S. historical records so you can find news articles and other documents about your relatives. The company offers a one-week free trial, after which you can remain a member if you pay a pretty reasonable monthly or annual subscription fee. But, how likely are you to find the people you’re looking for? I’ll tell you about my experiences with this company.

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Diet & Nutrition
CrossDNA
Our score
6
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Diet & Nutrition

CrossDNA targets athletes and other people hoping to achieve their fitness goals. You’ll receive results on more than 90 variables that affect your athletic performance. Beware, though, that this company lacks many features offered by its competitors, and seems to be most suitable for Spanish speakers.

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Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
Pets
MightyDNA
Our score
5
User score
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
Pets

MightyDNA focuses on diet, fitness, skincare, and other wellness DNA tests. You can learn which nutrients your body needs most, which exercises will suit your muscle type, and whether your genes predispose your skin to show signs of age. Although the tests provide good coverage, the results are very scientific and less actionable than some other companies’ tests.

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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
tellmeGen
Our score
4.5
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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition
Orig3n
Our score
4
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Ancestry
Health & Wellness
Diet & Nutrition

Orig3n offers DNA tests for a lot of specialized topics in health/wellness and diet/fitness, as well as some broad ones. Some of these tests are very affordable! But are any of them right for you? I’ve taken a critical look at them, and have tried two myself. I’ll tell you about my experiences and observations, and also give you the low-down on some challenges Orig3n seems to be facing. (Hint: a lot of its products have been “sold out” for at least a month. Is this company in trouble?)

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Family Tree
OneGreatFamily
Our score
1
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Family Tree

When you’re shopping for a family tree builder, OneGreatFamily may look like a great deal. For one thing, the company promises to help you grow your family tree very quickly by merging it with the trees of its many other customers. For another thing, a OneGreatFamily subscription is much less expensive than those of its biggest competitors. I gave OneGreatFamily a try, and will tell you how that went.

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