Living DNA is able to establish the percentage similarity of your DNA to the population samples available in our reference dataset. Currently, in the family ancestry part of our testing package, we can compare with and report on your ancestry up to 80 worldwide regions. If your region/country of interest is not on this list, we cannot currently report on your percentages from that region/country.
Please be aware that it is not possible to take a DNA test to determine your percentages from each and every country in the world, and probably never will be. Due to human mobility, DNA differences do not necessarily correspond with national boundaries; for example, someone from Brittany in France may have more genetic similarity with an English person from Cornwall than with a French person from Marseilles.
In the cases where our fine-scale algorithm cannot distinguish between very genetically similar areas, we group them into genetically-distinct clusters that often reflect natural geographical boundaries. In order to clearly distinguish results in more specific regions, sample data fulfilling very specific criteria will have to be collected and included in our reference datasets. This is a process that takes years.
Many populations are themselves formed from the mixture of other populations. Our algorithm will attempt to match you directly to a population/region, where we have it in our reference database.
- we do not have your region of interest and/or,
- we have a low sample size for that region, or,
- if there is further population structure within that population/region,
then in the interim, we are likely to assign some ancestry to the regions we do have that contribute to your region of interest.
Please note that we can not advise on what your results may reflect before you take the test, and we cannot currently distinguish which parts of your ancestry come from which side of the family, nor from which generation.
Your Living DNA purchase includes a lifetime membership, this means you receive free ongoing upgrades in the ancestry platform. In the future, if, we are able to provide finer detail within our existing regions, offer new regions or add additional features in the ancestry platform, your results will be updated automatically.