WeGene – DNA Saturdays July 11, 2020

WeGene is a Chinese DNA company. If you read Chinese, you can check out their website – https://www.wegene.com/. There is an English version at https://www.wegene.com/en/. You may have to reload it one or more times. It accepts free raw data uploads from 23andMe (including the v5 chip) and AncestryDNA. It is geared towards the Asian market, but the uploads are free. On the Chinese side, if you read Chinese or know someone who does, you can order a DNA kit from them. Last time I checked prices today, the cheapest test was $85.55 using today’s exchange rate. The more expensive test was $571.13. As I don’t read Chinese, I believe the more expensive test includes more information than the cheaper test.

They are supposed to offer a DNA test for sale for $99.00 at some point in the near future. As of today, it’s not available.

WeGenehttps://www.wegene.com/en/ – often have to reload the page one or more times to get it to load – free upload if you tested with 23andMe (including v5 chip) or AncestryDNA; regular price if you need to order a kit from WeGene (it’s a Chinese company and you would need to figure out the exchange rate if you buy a kit from them and also probably need a way to read Chinese since the main WeGene site is in Chinese). For now, they don’t accept FTDNAMyHeritageLivingDNA, etc. It includes basic to intermediate haplogroup(s) – mtDNA and Y-DNA (males only).

The following items are included if you do the 23andMe or AncestryDNA free upload:

 

  • Ancestry Composition
  • Maternal Haplogroup
  • Neanderthal Ancestry
  • Paternal Haplogroup

The haplogroups tend to be not very deep. I did a 23andMe and AncestryDNA uploads, v3 chip. It got the general haplogroups correct for both mtDNA – C1 and Y-DNA – J1a2b.  My Neanderthal was 1.966% (AncestryDNA) and 3.491% (23andMe). 23andMe has me as less than 2% Neanderthal/299 variants.

If you go with the free option using 23andMe or AncestryDNA to upload your raw data, I believe it’s worth it. You will get different ethnicity results, but that’s true of all DNA testing companies.

 

Previous DNA Saturdays posts: https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/tag/DNA-Saturdays/

 

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