CRI Genetics Review 2020: Worth The Cost?

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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?
Written by Joseph Levy
Last updated on June 5, 2020
PROS
  • 90%+ accuracy in your final report
  • The lab looks at nearly 650,000 markers across your genome
  • Explore your paternal and maternal lineages
  • Money-back guarantee if results aren’t available within eight weeks
  • DNA analysis for nearly two dozen health-related factors
CONS
  • Not available everywhere
  • Weight Loss test results could be more comprehensive
  • Health reports aren’t as exhaustive as you’d get from other vendors
  • Ancestry
  • Diet & Nutrition
Written by Joseph Levy on June 5, 2020
  • Ancestry
  • Diet & Nutrition

More Than Merely Health Screening

CRI Genetics Review

While CRI Genetics states that genetic analysis is the future of medicine (and says as much on its website), it offers much more than merely health screening. It provides a detailed breakdown of your ethnic background and genetic ancestry in addition to reports regarding general genetic traits that could affect your diet and fitness goals.

CRI Genetics claims that its lab offers highly accurate reporting, as a result of analyzing nearly 650,000 genetic markers. However, I’m not sure whether this justifies the high costs of its tests, and if it is better to go with a different DNA test like MyHeritageDNA or 23andMe.

Taking the Test(s)

Any CRI Genetics test requires a simple three-step process of ordering the test (to be delivered within five days), swabbing your cheek and sending in the sample (in a prepaid package), and exploring your results six to eight weeks later.

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Unlike most DNA testing companies, this one’s Eight Week Efficiency Guarantee promises to pay back your money if your results aren’t ready within eight weeks of sending in your sample. Most results are ready within four weeks.

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Detailed Look at the Ancestry Test Offered

The ancestry report provides a detailed breakdown of your ethnicities (with percentages), an ancestry timeline report (which goes back over 50+ generations), and paternal/maternal biogeographical ancestry reports (based on your Y-DNA and mtDNA, respectively):

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Your Y-DNA is the DNA contained within your Y chromosome (if you’re male) that only gets passed down from fathers to sons; it provides a way to trace your paternal lineage. Your mtDNA is the mitochondrial DNA that gets passed down to both males and females from their mothers; it provides a way to trace your maternal lineage. Not all ancestry companies test these types of DNA.

Your ancestry results are presented in a user-friendly, interactive format with maps and historical context to make exploration more fun:

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If you’re up for even more fun, CRI Genetics will tell you all about the famous people you might be related to on your mother’s and father’s sides of the family. Who knows? You could be related to Nicolaus Copernicus!

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If that’s not fun enough for you, how about finding out that you’re related to Elvis Presley or Princess Diana?

Value-Added Features:

  • A detailed breakdown of your ethnicity
  • Analysis of Y-DNA and mtDNA to trace your paternal and maternal family lines
  • Results presented in a user-friendly format with interactive maps and charts
  • Historical context regarding cultures, settlements, and migrations
  • Fun facts about famous potential relatives

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Similar Test to Consider:

  • 23andMe will also test your mtDNA and Y-DNA, which not all companies do. Its ethnic breakdowns are more precise because it reports on 1,500+ distinct regions, and its DNA database contains an amazing five million records for possible relatives who have been tested.
  • AncestryDNA has more than 15 million DNA tests in its database, which makes it one of the largest around. It also breaks down your percentage ethnicities precisely into 1,000+ regions around the world.

Too-High Prices for Too Little Value?

The price of CRI Genetics’ ancestry test is comparable with similar products from “big name” competitors such as 23andMe and AncestryDNA. However, those vendors’ more nuanced and detailed reports make CRI look expensive. The ancestry service from MyHeritage costs about half what you would pay to CRI Genetics.

The same thing can be said for some of the other tests, and you won’t have to do much shopping around to find a better deal for a weight loss DNA test and report. In terms of health tests, the one from 23andMe costs about the same as CRI’s, but it’s more comprehensive and FDA-approved. Orig3n offers a bunch of different tests for less, which could be a good option if you’re looking to answer specific questions.

If you are willing to pay the prices for CRI Genetics’ tests, you can do so via Visa, other credit cards, or PayPal. Be aware that the advertised price doesn’t include shipping, which costs a few dollars extra. And remember, this company promises to refund your money if your results are not available within eight weeks.

There are no ongoing subscription fees.

Ancestry
Ancestry
  • Trace your ancestry throughout human evolution, migration history
  • Test checks 842,824 DNA markers for precision results
  • Get detailed breakdowns of African, Asian, European ancestry

Satisfactory Self-Support Resources and Good Live Chat

For self-support purposes, CRI Genetics provides a regularly-updated informative blog and an acceptable (but not exceptional) set of frequently asked questions arranged into three categories: General, Ancestry, and Health & Wellness:

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If these resources don’t answer all your questions, you can contact the company via email, snail mail (regular post), telephone, or live chat. I enjoyed a particularly fruitful interaction with a live chat agent:

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Worth a Look, but You’ll Find Better Bargains Elsewhere

There is a lot to be said for CRI Genetics, but there are lots of competitors offering very similar ancestry services that may be better, or cheaper, or both. I’m talking about companies like 23andMe, MyHeritage, and AncestryDNA.

It’s the same story in the health space, where diet and fitness DNA tests from Vitagene and Orig3n could give you more value for your money.

This is not to say there is anything bad about CRI Genetics, and it does have some good credentials when it comes to testing more genetic markers than many other companies. It could also be a good option if you are looking for a wide range of information in dual categories like Ancestry + Health or Weight Loss + Allergy.

See CRI Genetics Deals

FAQ

How accurate is CRI Genetics?

CRI Genetics promises 99.9% + accuracy in your final report. It’s a big claim, but CRI has the scientific pedigree, tech, and methodology to back it up. The lab will look at over 642,824 genetic markers across your genome before delivering your results.

How long does it take to receive test results from CRI Genetics?

CRI guarantees to deliver your genetic reports in fewer than 8 weeks. Those 8 weeks begin the day that the lab receives your DNA sample, provided your DNA passes quality analysis. If you don’t get your results within that time, CRI promises to refund your money.

How much does a CRI Genetics test cost? (Any discounts?)

CRI’s ancestry test comes at a price that’s comparable with similar products from some of the biggest names on the market, e.g., 23andMe and AncestryDNA. However, given that those vendors offer test results that are far more detailed and nuanced, it’s arguable that CRI’s product should be at least a little cheaper. The same holds true for CRI’s test for weight loss. The fact is that you don’t have to do much shopping around to find better deals.

What types of things can you learn from a CRI Genetics test?

CRI Genetics can provide insights on one’s ancestry, how their genes affect their overall health, e.g., allergies and nutrition (but not diseases and disorders), and how one’s DNA potentially influences weight loss.

Who should consider taking a CRI Genetics test?

CRI Genetics is good for someone looking to explore their ancestry, get insights about their health and wellness, or create a nutritional plan that’s best suited to their genetics, and doesn’t mind paying a little more for those services then the would with similar vendors.

More Than Merely Health Screening

CRI Genetics Review

While CRI Genetics states that genetic analysis is the future of medicine (and says as much on its website), it offers much more than merely health screening. It provides a detailed breakdown of your ethnic background and genetic ancestry in addition to reports regarding general genetic traits that could affect your diet and fitness goals.

CRI Genetics claims that its lab offers highly accurate reporting, as a result of analyzing nearly 650,000 genetic markers. However, I’m not sure whether this justifies the high costs of its tests, and if it is better to go with a different DNA test like MyHeritageDNA or 23andMe.

Taking the Test(s)

Any CRI Genetics test requires a simple three-step process of ordering the test (to be delivered within five days), swabbing your cheek and sending in the sample (in a prepaid package), and exploring your results six to eight weeks later.

CRI Genetics Review

Unlike most DNA testing companies, this one’s Eight Week Efficiency Guarantee promises to pay back your money if your results aren’t ready within eight weeks of sending in your sample. Most results are ready within four weeks.

See CRI Genetics Deals

Detailed Look at the Diet and Fitness Tests Offered

Note that what we classify as “diet and fitness” tests here at DNAWeekly, CRI Genetics categorizes as “health” tests, so you’ll find these under the Health heading on its website.

Since everyone’s DNA is unique, there’s no single diet that’s suitable for all. Having insight into what your genes indicate about your ideal nutrition can be very valuable, particularly when it comes to meeting your weight and fitness goals.

The Ancestry + Health Test

As its name suggests, the Ancestry + Health test includes all the aforementioned ancestry information, plus what this company deems to be health-related information. You can’t buy the Health test alone, only alongside Ancestry or Allergies tests (the latter of which is discussed next).

At the highest level, you get a dashboard-like indication of your likely health status, based on your DNA. This is complemented by a personalized DNA diet plan.

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Digging deeper, your Health & Wellness report focuses on how your body is likely to metabolize substances, such as caffeine. It also includes some useful information about your likely levels of hormones, including testosterone. Your Nutrition report indicates your body’s possible needs for certain nutrients (such as iron) and its potential intolerances (to things like lactose).

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To be truly a “health” report, it would also have to detail your genetic dispositions to certain diseases and your carrier statuses for congenital conditions that you could pass on to your children.

Value-Added Features:

  • Includes the Ancestry report
  • Health & Wellness reports include likely hormone levels, metabolism of substances, and sleep patterns
  • Nutrition reports include your genetic ability to absorb different vitamins, any nutrient deficiencies, and potential food intolerances
  • A recommended DNA diet plan
  • Nearly 650,000 genetic markers analyzed

Similar Tests to Consider

  • 23andMe offers a similar-sounding Health + Ancestry test. It also checks your predispositions to several genetic diseases, your carrier statuses for several congenital conditions, and many of the wellness traits covered by CRI Genetics.
  • Vitagene has a number of health and ancestry packages that provide an ethnic report of similar depth, plus personalized DNA-based recommendations regarding your diet and exercise.

The Allergy Test

Just as you can buy the Health test alongside the Ancestry test, you can also buy the Allergy test included with the Health test (as Allergy + Health) or the Weight Loss test (as Weight Loss + Allergy, discussed next). You cannot buy the Allergy test on its own.

The additional allergy information tells you if you are at low, medium, or high risk of reacting to common allergens found in pollens, animals, and foods:

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Value-Added Features:

  • Includes the Health report or the Weight Loss report (discussed next)
  • Tells you which common allergens you may need to avoid
  • Lets you know your low, moderate, and high sensitivity levels

Similar Tests to Consider

  • DNAfit tests for food intolerances, but not allergies (which it regards as different).
  • HomeDNA offers a Food and Pet Sensitivity DNA Test, but it too distinguishes between sensitivities and allergies. The vendor recommends seeking a professional diagnosis if you think you could have an actual allergy.

The Weight Loss Test

The FatSwitch weight loss test can be bought alone (as Weight Loss) or alongside the allergy test (as Weight Loss + Allergy).

The report for this test provides you with a weight loss plan that’s driven by your DNA. It identifies the best nutrients for your body, and considering your weight loss objectives. It also includes meal plans plus exercise and body mass index (BMI) reports to help keep you on track.

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Value-Added Features:

  • A DNA-driven customized weight loss plan
  • Meal ideas and nutrient suggestions
  • Exercise and BMI reports to keep you on track

Similar Tests to Consider

  • Athletigen might not be the most well-known vendor, but it offers in-depth, personalized, comprehensive diet and fitness test results at a competitive price.
  • Orig3n offers such a wide variety of products for your diet and fitness needs that you’re almost certain to find the right report and test for you.

Too-High Prices for Too Little Value?

The price of CRI Genetics’ ancestry test is comparable with similar products from “big name” competitors such as 23andMe and AncestryDNA. However, those vendors’ more nuanced and detailed reports make CRI look expensive. The ancestry service from MyHeritage costs about half what you would pay to CRI Genetics.

The same thing can be said for some of the other tests, and you won’t have to do much shopping around to find a better deal for a weight loss DNA test and report. In terms of health tests, the one from 23andMe costs about the same as CRI’s, but it’s more comprehensive and FDA-approved. Orig3n offers a bunch of different tests for less, which could be a good option if you’re looking to answer specific questions.

If you are willing to pay the prices for CRI Genetics’ tests, you can do so via Visa, other credit cards, or PayPal. Be aware that the advertised price doesn’t include shipping, which costs a few dollars extra. And remember, this company promises to refund your money if your results are not available within eight weeks.

There are no ongoing subscription fees.

Ancestry
Ancestry
  • Trace your ancestry throughout human evolution, migration history
  • Test checks 842,824 DNA markers for precision results
  • Get detailed breakdowns of African, Asian, European ancestry

Satisfactory Self-Support Resources and Good Live Chat

For self-support purposes, CRI Genetics provides a regularly-updated informative blog and an acceptable (but not exceptional) set of frequently asked questions arranged into three categories: General, Ancestry, and Health & Wellness:

CRI Genetics Review

If these resources don’t answer all your questions, you can contact the company via email, snail mail (regular post), telephone, or live chat. I enjoyed a particularly fruitful interaction with a live chat agent:

CRI Genetics Review

See CRI Genetics Deals

Worth a Look, but You’ll Find Better Bargains Elsewhere

There is a lot to be said for CRI Genetics, but there are lots of competitors offering very similar ancestry services that may be better, or cheaper, or both. I’m talking about companies like 23andMe, MyHeritage, and AncestryDNA.

It’s the same story in the health space, where diet and fitness DNA tests from Vitagene and Orig3n could give you more value for your money.

This is not to say there is anything bad about CRI Genetics, and it does have some good credentials when it comes to testing more genetic markers than many other companies. It could also be a good option if you are looking for a wide range of information in dual categories like Ancestry + Health or Weight Loss + Allergy.

See CRI Genetics Deals

FAQ

How accurate is CRI Genetics?

CRI Genetics promises 99.9% + accuracy in your final report. It’s a big claim, but CRI has the scientific pedigree, tech, and methodology to back it up. The lab will look at over 642,824 genetic markers across your genome before delivering your results.

How long does it take to receive test results from CRI Genetics?

CRI guarantees to deliver your genetic reports in fewer than 8 weeks. Those 8 weeks begin the day that the lab receives your DNA sample, provided your DNA passes quality analysis. If you don’t get your results within that time, CRI promises to refund your money.

How much does a CRI Genetics test cost? (Any discounts?)

CRI’s ancestry test comes at a price that’s comparable with similar products from some of the biggest names on the market, e.g., 23andMe and AncestryDNA. However, given that those vendors offer test results that are far more detailed and nuanced, it’s arguable that CRI’s product should be at least a little cheaper. The same holds true for CRI’s test for weight loss. The fact is that you don’t have to do much shopping around to find better deals.

What types of things can you learn from a CRI Genetics test?

CRI Genetics can provide insights on one’s ancestry, how their genes affect their overall health, e.g., allergies and nutrition (but not diseases and disorders), and how one’s DNA potentially influences weight loss.

Who should consider taking a CRI Genetics test?

CRI Genetics is good for someone looking to explore their ancestry, get insights about their health and wellness, or create a nutritional plan that’s best suited to their genetics, and doesn’t mind paying a little more for those services then the would with similar vendors.

Joseph Levy
Joseph Levy
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Joseph Levy is a transplant from New York and currently living in Cyprus. After receiving his law degree and acquiring eight years of experience in the civil side of American law, he moved to the Mediterranean and shifted his focus from being an attorney to his first love: content writing. Joseph prioritizes not only honest accuracy, but also providing an informative and interesting perspective on whatever he puts his name to.

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