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The above illustration from 1793 shows a depiction of the King of Dahomy, a kingdom in modern-day Benin.

A Maryland man descended from slaves took a DNA test and learned he was an African prince

Rockville, Maryland interfaith pastor Jay Speights recently learned that he was descended from the 9th King of Allada, in Benin.

I revisited my AncestryDNA test 3 years later and found some surprising changes to my results

In September 2018, Ancestry updated its ethnicity estimates, and my results got a lot more specific. I found out that I'm much more Norwegian than I thought.
A DNA testing kit.

Genetic testing is the future of healthcare, but many experts say companies like 23andMe are doing more harm than good

Clinicians and advocates criticize the 23andMe approach to genetic testing, which they say prioritizes convenience over privacy and long-term health.

I’ve taken AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and National Geographic genetics tests — here’s how to choose one to try

When deciding which consumer genetics test to take to learn about your ancestry or health, consider what you hope to get out of the experience. Here's what it's like to try three of the most popular tests.

Lawmakers are asking DNA-testing companies about their privacy policies — here’s what you should know when taking genetics tests like 23an...

When sending in your DNA sample, it's important to understand who owns that information and who will be able to see it.

How to delete your DNA data from genetics companies like 23andMe and Ancestry

The suspected Golden State Killer was recently found in part based on a DNA sample submitted to a commercial genetics website. If that has you concerned about the security of your own genetic material, here's how to wipe it from sites like Ancestry and 23andMe.

Angelina Jolie shed light on a genetic mutation tied to breast cancer risk — now 23andMe will test you for it, but scientists are worried

The genetics company 23andMe recently got FDA approval to add information on breast-cancer risk in its test. But the results could be dangerously misleading.

Your spit tells a powerful tale about the history of US immigration

Genetic data collected from 770,000 tubes of spit are helping researchers get a better idea of how immigrants settled in North America.

I’ve taken AncestryDNA and 23andMe genetics tests — here’s what I tell people when they ask me which one is best

When deciding which consumer genetics test to take, it's important to think about what you hope to get out of the experience.