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DNA Testing: Clearing Up Common Misconceptions

DNA Testing
Written by Nancy

DNA testing has been taking the world by storm, especially when it comes to deterring crime in Canada, a study shows. It is one of the most powerful tools for identification and prevention of theft.

But with great things comes great responsibility, and a little bit of skepticism!

Here are a few DNA testing misconceptions to steer clear of:

1. DNA Will Help Fill in My Family Tree

Unlike what they show in Hollywood films, genetics testing is not going to help you fill in your family tree. There are 3 types of DNA tests— Y-chromosome tests, mitochondrial tests, and autosomal tests.

An autosomal test will help you find people with similar DNA as yours who have taken the test before. After that, you can contact the person and see if you can trace back your family tree, and if it matches theirs. In a nutshell, the effectiveness of this type of test is directly related to how many individuals have taken the test.

2.  I’m Afraid of Needles

DNA testing does not require injections and needles. It only requires your saliva so the nurse will swab your tongue.

3. My Grandfather Died Years Ago and I Can’t get His DNA Tested

Fortunately, you don’t have to do anything to get your grandfather or any relative’s DNA sample. As a living person, you have a record of all the previous generations’ DNA inside you. Therefore, there’s no need to fret over such details as you already have the most important part of your grandfathers’ DNA.

4. Only Men Can Get Tested Because Women Don’t Have Y- Chromosomes

While it’s true that men are the only ones with Y-chromosomes, there are three types of DNA tests. While men can take the Y-chromosomes one, women can opt for the mitochondrial or autosomal one.

Women can also get their male family members to take the Y-chromosomes test done for specific results.

5. Through DNA Testing, I Can Learn About My Medical History

Leaking medical information is strictly forbidden. Furthermore, when it comes to genealogy testing, you will not be tested for medical-related problems. DNA testing companies have to follow rules and regulations, and have to protect the privacy of their clients by referring samples via secrets codes that is only shared between them and their clients.

This makes it possible for you to access only your information using your name and other identity-related information.

Before you take the test, however, make sure to look into the details of the company’s information sharing policies.

Parental Testing

Divergent Healthcare is an integrative multi-disciplinary clinic that is based in Calgary. They offer different healthcare services to its patients. The clinic offers shockwave therapy, parental testing, DNA testing, spinal decompression, chiropractic care and physiotherapy, etc.

If you’re looking to get a DNA test done, get in touch with the clinic today.

About the author



I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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