Sunday, February 17, 2013

Genetic Genealogy | Test 3 Results

Those of you who know me well, know that I'm a bit competitive and I don't like sitting on the sidelines. This trait has crossed over into my family history research and I ordered a genetic genealogy test for myself. I know that my maternal like has been thoroughly tested, but I just couldn't stop myself. I ordered the test, took it, and then waited impatiently for my results to come in. (Patience is not one of my virtues!)

Knowing my maternal grandmother had just taken the same test a few months earlier, I wasn't surprised to see that my haplogroup results matched hers exactly: H2a2a. This has now been confirmed through three different tests, and I think it's safe to say that it won't change any time soon. :D

The Ancestry Composition (provides you with a percentage breakdown of your DNA in the 22 worldwide populations) results were a different story. These results are a combination of both my maternal and paternal lines, so I knew they wouldn't match G-Ma's exactly, but I wasn't expecting the results.

My results showed that I am 99.7% European, 0.1% East Asian & Native American, <0.1% South Asian, and 0.2% unassigned.  I was pretty confident that my European percentage would be that high, but was not prepared to see East Asian, Native American, or South Asian.

Obviously, these results are reflected from my paternal line and I am not sure my reach will ever be deep enough to match ancestors with these areas. Of course, that's not going to stop my from trying and explore this through the relative finder area of the 23andMe database.

While I'm not going to share them in detail here, I was even more intrigued by the health results of my test. It broke down my disease risk, carrier status, traits, and drug response. My disease risk showed elevated risks for things that have effected my family members. My carrier status showed that I had absent variables for many of the genetic variations that have been strongly linked to diseases. My traits correctly guessed the detail of my amount of hair curl and hair color. And lastly, my drug response showed "greatly increased odds" of toxicity to a drug that I have taken and to which I have had a sever allergic reaction. Quite fascinating...

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