Customers begin by taking an autosomal DNA test with one of the main testing providers. This is inclusive of 23andMe, MyHeritage, LivingDNA, and AncestryDNA. After receiving their results, the customer downloads their raw DNA data file. Where applicable, this should be Build 37 and in the .zip format. Customers purchase our Genetic Heritage Analysis and upload their DNA data. An account is created, and after (up to and including) 25 days, the results are displayed in the customer’s personal login dashboard.
These estimates are created with the goal of establishing connections to estimated ancestral populations. Panels of SNPs, termed ancestral informative markers, are utilized to differentiate between populations on the local and continental scales. We have developed a method which is highly efficient from a computational standpoint.
The details of the results are reflected in the dashboard panel after the customer logs in. The following categories are displayed: Main Ethnic Percentages, World Regional Percentages, Ethnic Groups and Their Descriptions, Full Ethnic Analysis (Including Trace Amounts), World Map, and the Estimated Regions.
From the date of purchase and upload, the entire process usually takes around 6-25 days. The user will receive a notification by email that their results have been released. The time it takes for each file to process is relative to the amount of customers in the queue.
It is always important to keep in mind that results are based on the correlation between your genetic markers and the genetic markers of data within our reference panel. When an algorithm assigns you to a population, it is picking which population you are closest to. This does not always reflect your actual genetic history and is an approximation. For example, Norwegians and Swedes share remarkably close DNA which may be hard to discern on the genetic level. If you are 100% Norwegian for 10 generations, you may receive a Swedish percentage since migration has occurred historically between both populations and you have ended up sharing close genetic markers with the Swedish samples in the reference panel.