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Learn where your ancestors are from, the breed of your rescue dog, and if your home is safe with these easy at-home kits.
02 December, 2019
- There is a lot we can learn from the saliva in our mouths and the air in our homes.
- There are at-home DIY tests for just about everything, but not all of them are as accurate as they claim.
- From revealing the breed of your dog to testing your home for harmful gases, these kits are worth the money.
<p>We've all heard the ads and seen the commercials. If you want to know where your great grandparents are from or if your beagle has a little golden retriever in him, there is a kit for that and it can be on your doorstep in 2 business days. The market for do-it-yourself medical kits is projected to reach <a href="https://www.newsweek.com/hidden-danger-do-it-yourself-genetic-tests-749475" target="_blank">$340 million by 2022</a>, and with that comes more companies overselling themselves and their product as cheap alternatives to real science. Not all at-home test kits are bad, but some are more worth it than others.</p><p>Scientists and experts warn that consumers should proceed with caution when it comes to offering up their DNA and personal information. Adding your spit (or your dog's slobber) to a tube and blindly sending it to a PO Box across the country is not a small thing, which is why the reputation of those offering the services and reviews by independent parties are important. For the DIY kets on this list, we looked at recommendations from trusted sources, as well as online customer reviews to see which products delivered on their promises and which should be avoided. From radon testers to ancestry and health reports, here are 7 ways to discover more important information about your life.<br></p>
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