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Discover Your Heritage With A DNA Ethnicity Test

March 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Ethnic DNA Testing

There are several reason why you should have a DNA ethnicity test. Some ethnic groups are more prone to medical problems and diseases than others, some people need to prove their ethnic heritage in order to receive financial and legal benefits that are only available to those groups and others may need the information simply to continue their research into their family tree. Whatever your reason, a DNA ethnicity test can be very helpful and informative.

Studies have shown for years that certain ethnic groups are more prone to certain diseases. For example, African Americans are more susceptible to sickle cell anemia and hypertension. Chinese Americans are more likely to have liver cancer and Vietnamese women are more apt to contract cervical cancer.

While you may be aware of the health risks associated with your ethnic group, you may not be aware of all the different ethnic groups that may have contributed to your genealogical makeup. It’s with good reason that most providers of DNA testing materials caution users to be prepared to receive potentially life altering information when they receive their results. No one can be one hundred percent sure, without a DNA ethnicity test, of what will show up in their genetic background information. If you’ve been suffering ongoing health problems, a DNA ethnicity test may reveal the answers.

While DNA testing can often give you surprising insights into who your ancestors are, it can also provide the opposite result of letting you know who your parents or ancestors are not. Looks can be deceiving and just because you look like a member of a certain ethnic group doesn’t necessarily mean you are. DNA ethnicity testing can be used to determine parentage as well as legal rights for inheritance purposes.

Another important reason to have a DNA ethnicity test is to establish your legal rights. As in the case of many Native Americans of mixed ethnic backgrounds, establishing the fact that they really are a member of the tribe may entitle them to some hefty financial benefits as well as additional legal rights that are afforded to Native American tribes because they act as their own government.

But many people have a DNA ethnicity test simply because they want to learn more about their ancestry. In this day and age it’s no longer a crime to be of mixed heritage, in fact, it’s really something to be proud of. When you think about it, all of our ancestors worked hard to get us to the point where we’re at today. Each different ethnic group has it’s own stories and it’s own traditions that only add more flavor to this melting pot we call America. Whether your ancestors were slaves or pilgrims or pirates or adventurers, they are the reason you are who you are today. Isn’t it worth finding out where you came from and who to thank for the great person you turned out to be? Wouldn’t you like to know who your ancestors really are?

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