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Unlocking Your DNA

WREG's Richard Ransom's "Unlocking Your DNA" segment from Thursday, Nov. 3.

How do I get my DNA tested?

If you're interested in a DNA test, WREG's Richard Ransom and Claudia Barr used "23andMe" which charges $199 for a genetic test that examines your ancestry and health/wellness traits.

Ancestry-only tests are also available for $99.

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Another website that is highly recommended is "Ancestry.com" which only helps you find your ancestry information.

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Why doesn't the DNA test give information about common diseases like breast or prostate cancer?

That information may someday be a part of direct consumer testing. Until it is approved by the FDA, you can download your genetic information once you've paid for a test and email it to a team of biomedical researchers who will evaluate your DNA genotype for as little as $5.

Your information is kept confidential.

I want to learn a lot more about genetics. Where can I go for information?

The UT Health Science Center in Memphis has a highly respected Department of Genetics, Genomics and Informatics.

imageedit_8_3132146317What if I don't want to pay for a DNA test?

The Tennessee Genealogical Society in Germantown is a great resource. The non-profit organization has all kinds of information to help you find out more about your family history. You may also visit your local library for additional resources.

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