Updated August 1, 2018 with a future update expected sometime between August 8 – October 31, 2018 once they finish processing my transfer. In addition to my 23andMe (v3 chip) upload last year, I uploaded my FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) and AncestryDNA raw data to Living DNA on August 1, 2018 as I am curious as to how LivingDNA will compare the three tests.
Last month around December 13, 2017, I signed up for LivingDNA with the goal of doing their free transfer of my 23andMe (v3 chip, 2013). It took a while as I never received the blue upload data button on my account. I e-mailed them several days ago and received an e-mail today that the issue should be resolved. I logged into LivingDNA and it was resolved. The only downside to LivingDNA’s free transfer is the lack of ethnic results. Another downside will be the initial small number of potential matches. However, I expect LivingDNA may become a major player in the genetic genealogy field if they play their cards right. I hope to one day upgrade my results to get ethnic results, but that means directly testing with them and that’s out of my price range at the moment. I am also hopeful they will take a hint from some of their competitors and decide to include ethnic results to those of us who transfer.
I will update readers once my 23andMe transfer gets fully processed by LivingDNA. They show an estimated completion date of
August 6, 2018 (note: as of August 1, 2018, this has changed to awaiting results with no expected completion date on any of the three tests I transferred)! That may be when they enable matching since all they should be doing is comparing my results to their system to generate matching which shouldn’t take almost six (6) months (Note: they are now estimating those who have uploaded transfer results for the results to start showing up between August 8 – October 31, 2018). I will check back on a regular basis until I get results or an e-mail notifying me of completion. It will be interesting to see how my 23andMe kit (addit: as well as my FTDNA and AncestryDNA) results compare to somebody who has tested with the company. LivingDNA kits run $159.00 (appears the tests are now regular price of $99), but are sometimes on sale for $79.00 (the current price as of today’s date – check before ordering on the chance the price has gone back up). They also accept free transfers (minus ethnic results, Y-DNA and mtDNA haplogroups) from LivingDNA accepts transfers from AncestryDNA, 23andMe (all chip versions), FTDNA, and MyHeritage.
LivingDNA is focusing heavily on the European market, but does offer testing for the U.S. as well. Here are some reviews based on people who have done reviews on their results:
https://isogg.org/wiki/Living_DNA (scroll down to reviews; 11 people providing 16 reviews, some of which are updates or multi-part series) .