As a certified genetic counselor, one of the most common questions I’m asked is whether people who are adopted should have DNA testing through a direct-to-consumer (DTC) testing company. I’ve found that the reasons adoptees, or the parents of adoptees, want DNA testing generally fall into three categories:

  1. To learn more about medical risks
  2. To find out ancestry information since they often have little or none
  3. To find biological relatives

The answer to whether you should seek this type of DNA testing really depends on which of the above questions you are hoping to answer.

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