Over the past six months, I’ve taken some of the most popular consumer DNA tests on the market so that I, as a genetic counselor, can better understand the consumer experience. I took an ancestry test a few months ago and was impressed with the accuracy of my ancestry results. But I was most interested in getting the raw data file that comes with the ancestry test as well as many other popular consumer DNA tests. This data file contains a portion of your genetic data, which can potentially yield insights into medical conditions and risks. By itself, the raw data file is not readable – but you can upload your raw data to several thirdparty services that may help make sense of these findings.

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