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Up to 40 Percent of Consumer DNA Tests Are Inaccurate

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Story at-a-glance -

  • Sales of direct-to-consumer DNA testing kits rose sharply in 2017, driven in part by large advertising budgets and a growing interest in discovering ancestral lineage
  • Although only one company is approved to share information about medical risk for some health conditions, nearly all companies share the raw data; research finds nearly 40 percent of medical data from these tests may be false positives
  • Clinical confirmation is vital before undergoing further tests or treatments based on DNA testing from at-home test kits as these tests were never intended for medical use
  • Your DNA contains profoundly personal information about your health, personality and family history, which may be used to discriminate against you in the workplace, affect your ability to acquire health insurance and is often sold to research companies

By Dr. Mercola

The number of people requesting a direct-to-consumer DNA test during 2017 more than doubled. According to Ancestry.com, they claim the largest DNA database with more than 7 million people's DNA stored. In combination with other companies collecting DNA data, the industry estimates over 12 million DNA profiles are on file.

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