Customers send the company a DNA sample and receive their results directly from a secure website or in a written report. Direct-to-consumer genetic testing provides people access to their genetic information without necessarily involving a healthcare provider or health insurance company in the process


familial lineage and disease risk are some of the reasons for undergoing DTC testing. The results can provide information about ancestry, paternity and ethnicity. Some providers will even determine the percentage of an individual’s genetic makeup that descends from Neanderthals.

Clinical Genetic Testing is Specific to the Patient and of Higher Quality. Unlike DTC kits, clinical genetic testing is administered by a healthcare professional. Typically the clinician will collect DNA from a sample of saliva or blood. Samples are sent to labs where the material is studied for harmful changes in DNA.