Some DNA Results Came In Unexpectedly from FamilyTree DNA – May 19, 2020

Standard Disclaimer:

I am not a medical health professional and any comments I post are not intended, nor should they be construed, as medical advice. If you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency, dial 911 (where applicable) or contact proper emergency service personnel.

I was in the middle of a different post when I checked FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) to see if any results had come in yet. I checked yesterday and none of the results had come in yet. I checked about 15 minutes ago and results for the Factoid Bundle (21 markers spread across 9 categories; I am not counting the Warrior Gene which is listed as part of the Factoid section, but is a separate test you have to order).

I am working on a post for the results, but it may take a while as I have to dig through the 9 results and see what they show. The Warrior Gene and Big Y-700 results have not come back yet. Some of the results I won’t if they are accurate as I don’t drink alcohol. smoke, or eat certain foods.

I will give a warning that I don’t much faith in any of the DNA companies that offer health-related results. They rely on far too few markers to do comparisons. For example, 23andMe knows there are 1,000+ markers for BRCA, but only tests for a handful of those markers; think it’s around 5 last time I saw an update from 23andMe. Seriously, 5 out of over 1,000 markers and we are supposed to take their results as meaningful. In the case of FTDNA, they rely on very few markers which is why I don’t take their results any more serious than I take 23andMe‘s results. Good rule of thumb: the rarer a condition is, the more markers that will be associated with it. Some of the FTDNA results don’t look at the same things as some of the other companies so full comparisons may not be possible.

About Wichita Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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