Users of Ancestry.com’s DNA testing services will now get access to the same ancestral content available through the 23andMe Web site.
Ancestry DNA offers Y-DNA and mitochondrial (mt) DNA tests for $149 to $179. Y-DNA follows male lines and can help you search for potential cousins in DNA databases; mtDNA informs you about maternal lines and is best for exploring your ancient ancestry.
Meanwhile, 23andMe now “democratizes personal genetics” with its $399 genome profiling service (previously, the only available test cost a pricey $999). This test gives you both health- and ancestry-related information about your genes.
Though its service would still empty out most people’s piggy banks, the 23andMe Web site does a good job of explaining genetic testing to laypeople. Ancestry.com’s DNA customers should benefit.