DNA testing is remarkable because it can provide you with an extensive amount of information about your family and origin. It’s important to understand how to handle those results, especially when you find out details that you didn’t expect. Below are several explanations that are often given to the recipients of DNA test results.
1. Information Provided in the Results is Regional Not Cultural
Sometimes there’s a misconception regarding the type of information that’s obtained from a DNA test. The test will provide details about the region in which your ancestors are from. For instance, it can tell you if your ancestors are from West Africa, Northwest Europe, East Asia or another region. In other words, it generally won’t indicate whether you are Ethiopian, Japanese or Scottish. The reason why this is important is because a person’s ethnicity and the culture with which they identify can be an important part of their life and a DNA test doesn’t have to change that fact.
2. Speak With Your Doctor About Health Revelations
Receiving the results of a DNA test can be fraught with trepidation, especially if you’re concerned that you might have health issues in your family background. Since that will depend on whether the gene is penetrant or recessive, it’s a good idea to speak with your doctor regarding the results that you receive. You’ll want to avoid making any assumptions about your personal health because it’s not a cut and dry matter. In fact, determining whether or not a specific disease runs in a person’s family is quite complex. The CRI Genetics website may also have more information and resources for you.
3. You Cannot Be Cloned if Someone Has Your DNA
Periodically there are concerns about whether someone can use DNA from a test to clone a person. The answer to that question is no because the information obtained through DNA testing is insufficient and does not provide your entire genome. Obtaining details about your genealogy only requires a small amount of DNA that’s far less than what’s required for your entire DNA pattern. Quite frankly, there are debates about the effectiveness of cloning under any circumstance.
4. Don’t Depend on DNA Results to Focus on Fitness
While the results of DNA testing can provide useful information about health, you should maintain a focus on fitness regardless of the results. Whether or not there is a predisposition for a health condition, it’s important to understand that maintaining a commitment to overall wellness through fitness can promote longevity of life.
The information provided can help you respond appropriately to what you learn from a DNA test instead of reacting out of concern.