Where My Genomes Roam….. GPS Origins Review

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored posted in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own (or spoken person) and have not been altered for the blog.

People always ask “Where are you from?”  or “What ethnicity are you?. We have always had to go on what our family told us or where we lived in relation to culture. Being able to know where we started from was a mystery to most. Unless you had someone in the family that traced your family tree the way the Royal family does; you always had to go off of the information provided by family. Short of the wives tales that come along with the family story.

Sparrow always asked me where we were from and I had no answer for her. As she continued onto her college career, her interest in genetics and genealogical history her interested peaked into learning more about what makes her genetic background. The opportunity for us to learn about our genetic background became available and we were excited for her to find out the genomes that make her. GPS Origins provided a DNA test with the influence on migration patterns and genetic background. The process is simple and easy to perform for any age. You will go on the GPSOrigins.com website and create an account to purchase your kit. Keep your log in information because that is how you will receive your report. The kit will be mailed to you. It will include a two buccal swabs and a envelope to mail back the kit.

 

GPS Origins DNA kit

 

Inside the GPS Origins Kit

 

Buccal Swap and return envelope.
Getting ready to test.

 

Sparrow view on GPS Origins: Coming from an aspiring genetics scientist/counselor.

Recently, I had the opportunity to look into my family history on an in-depth, molecular scale. For those who are unaware, I have in interest in genetics, and I’m currently studying for a Bachleor of Science in Biology in university. When I was given the opportunity to use a GPSOrigins DNA test to look back in time at the family tree, the idea of it seemed incredibly interesting, so I agreed to do the test. Before getting into the informatics of the process, I wanted to discuss just how easy the test it.
In the packet sent to you, you will receive information on how to do the test, and envelope to send the cheek swab samples back, and of course, the cheek swabs. When you prepare to do the test, make sure you don’t touch the tip of the swabs to anything except the inside of the cheek and the envelope they go in. A suggestion is to gently chew on the inside of your cheek to break loose cells, but don’t chew to the point of making your cheek bleed. This simply gives the lab scientist more material to work with. Shipping the samples back is free, since there is postage included on the envelope.
The process can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks for the results to yield. The results, when available, will be in online on the GPSOrgins website that you should have a username and password to already. The report given back was a whopping 16 pages long, but covered a lot of information about the migratory paths of my ancestors, as well as the percentages of ethnicities that make up my genetic background. I was very surprised to find out that much of my heritage comes from Fennoscandia roots, which (in my case) was very prominent in Iceland and Norway at 22.7%, the next largest percentile being 18.4% Southern France.
Looking at the references given in the report, it was interesting to see what types of methods they used to track the migration patterns based on variations of genes. For example, a refence given refers to the bottlenecking of Finnish populations, and another refers to the “counter-clockwise northern route of the Y-chromosome haplogroup N from Southeast Asia towards Europe” (Zhivotovsky, 2007).
A surprising portion of ancestry was finding that also 11% of my background came from various parts of India, mainly from Northern and Southeastern areas.

Thank you GPS Origins for providing me a detailed report on my genetic history. I enjoyed the opportunity and have applied the results to a project I am working on at college.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored posted in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own (or spoken person) and have not been altered for the blog.

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