Genetic home testing: why it’s not such a great guide to your ancestry or disease risk

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Genetic variation is an unavoidable feature of life. As a consequence of this – and unless you are an identical twin – you are genetically unique. You have a distinctive combination of genetic variants, almost all of which are shared with your parents, although shuffled into new combinations. With few exceptions, all of your characteristics, such as hair colour, height, ear wax quality, and disease susceptibility, are influenced by your genetics.

Period8 Aug 2017

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  • TitleGenetic home testing: why it’s not such a great guide to your ancestry or disease risk
    Media name/outletThe Conversation
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date8/08/17
    DescriptionGenetic variation is an unavoidable feature of life. As a consequence of this – and unless you are an identical twin – you are genetically unique. You have a distinctive combination of genetic variants, almost all of which are shared with your parents, although shuffled into new combinations. With few exceptions, all of your characteristics, such as hair colour, height, ear wax quality, and disease susceptibility, are influenced by your genetics.
    Producer/AuthorJonathan Pettitt
    URLtheconversation.com/genetic-home-testing-why-its-not-such-a-great-guide-to-your-ancestry-or-disease-risk-79604
    PersonsJonathan Pettitt