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Curious Vee
06-12-2018, 04:43 PM
Hi everyone,

I bought a living dna kit, and it was delivered today...I have a query, is it supposed to have 1 swab or 2 swabs in them? I have looked online and even on YouTube videos and some places seem to indicate there is 1 swab, others indicate there is 2 swabs (1 for each cheek)...my kit has 1 swab in it

Hurricane
06-12-2018, 08:25 PM
i think i had 1 swab.:confused:

FionnSneachta
06-12-2018, 08:34 PM
I think that they used to give two swabs but they only give one now.

estevard
06-12-2018, 10:57 PM
I think that they used to give two swabs but they only give one now.

True. I was in the first wave (ordered October 2016) and received two swabs. However two subsequent kits for siblings (April & November 2017) contained only one. Interestingly, the first one for the siblings had to be redone because the sample quality wasn't good enough and a second kit was sent.

Robert1
06-13-2018, 04:52 AM
Six family members have tested since April 2017 and all kits had just one swab. I have seen earlier videos with two swabs.

FionnSneachta
06-13-2018, 09:01 AM
True. I was in the first wave (ordered October 2016) and received two swabs. However two subsequent kits for siblings (April & November 2017) contained only one. Interestingly, the first one for the siblings had to be redone because the sample quality wasn't good enough and a second kit was sent.

I ordered in January 2017 and received two swabs. For me, it worked out well that I was sent two swabs since my first swab tested failed. I think that the reason they gave for only providing one swab was that the test rarely failed with one swab so it saves them money to only send out one swab.

Curious Vee
06-13-2018, 10:42 PM
Thanks everyone, it's good to know I'm not the only one who had one swab in my kit,

I have done the swab and mailed it back to Living DNA today so I am eagerly awaiting the results, and I'm interested to see how it will compare to My Heritage results 😊

Curious Vee
06-13-2018, 10:43 PM
Fionnsneachta oh no!!, what causes the swabs to fail? Did they say?..I hope that doesn't happen to mine

jshook
06-14-2018, 03:10 AM
I've ordered four (one for myself and three for relatives) and they all only had one swab. None of them failed though.

FionnSneachta
06-14-2018, 10:32 AM
Fionnsneachta oh no!!, what causes the swabs to fail? Did they say?..I hope that doesn't happen to mine

They said: I'm very sorry but your sample generated a "Low Call Rate" delay. What this means is that even our advanced laboratory technologies have not been able to read your DNA well enough to allow statistical testing to be accurately carried out. This occurs for approximately 1 out of 1000 samples and is due to insufficient or low quality DNA material.

It's very unlikely that your swab would fail. Even if it did, they'd just send out another swab. It only caused a two week delay for me. What bothered me more was their response. I sent them an email on 13th May 2017 when my results were due. They replied, "You should have received an email from us alerting you of this around of 21/MAY/2017, please check your spam and bin folders if you did not receive this email in your inbox".

Basically, they were saying that I should have received an email about it in the future which made about as much sense at the time as it does now. Suffice it to say, they never sent me an email to me about it before I contacted them. I haven't seen anyone else ever have this issue so it looks like they just had a slip when it came to my kit and they were only starting out at that stage. It also wasn't a case that I would need to do another swab since I had provided two so not informing didn't cause any delay.

edwardsson
06-14-2018, 11:56 AM
They said: I'm very sorry but your sample generated a "Low Call Rate" delay. What this means is that even our advanced laboratory technologies have not been able to read your DNA well enough to allow statistical testing to be accurately carried out. This occurs for approximately 1 out of 1000 samples and is due to insufficient or low quality DNA material.


The same thing happened to me. They sent out another package and when I swabbed for the second time, I made sure I did it more carefully and also allowed the swab to take longer time (nearly one minute).

Curious Vee
06-14-2018, 03:06 PM
I just received an email from Living DNA, to say they received my sample...I'm really surprised as I only mailed it lunch time yesterday, I was expecting it to take until the end of this week or start of next week..

Curious Vee
06-14-2018, 03:09 PM
For those who have done the my heritage DNA and living Dna were the results similar ?..my heritage was pretty accurate but I wanted to go back a bit further and learn a bit more about a couple of things (hence using Living DNA)...did your my heritage and living Dna results match up or differ wildly?

FionnSneachta
06-14-2018, 03:25 PM
MyHeritage and Living DNA gave me very different results but mine don't really count since the Irish update hasn't been introduced yet. MyHeritage gave me 100% Irish, Scottish, and Welsh. Living DNA assigned 68.7% to Scottish, Irish and Welsh regions, 29.5% to English regions, and 1.8% to Scandinavia. Living DNA are generally very accurate for people with English ancestry.

Curious Vee
06-14-2018, 04:57 PM
my results from my heritage were pretty accurate, as I am half English and half irish (one irish parent and one English parent)

Mine were

English 47.3%
Irish, Scottish, and Welsh 46.0%
Finnish 0.8%
Greek 5.9%

jshook
06-14-2018, 05:09 PM
For those who have done the my heritage DNA and living Dna were the results similar ?..my heritage was pretty accurate but I wanted to go back a bit further and learn a bit more about a couple of things (hence using Living DNA)...did your my heritage and living Dna results match up or differ wildly?

I did 23andMe, AncestryDNA and Living DNA (and uploaded myHeritage, which gave me comically bad results, almost 40% Scandinavian which I'm not.) The main thing to know about Living DNA is that it's very U.K.-centric, which is great if most of your DNA comes from England/Scotland/Wales and bad if you have any German or Irish ancestry because, right now, they aren't great at finding that yet (although they're working on that with their Irish and German projects.)

For example, these are the results I get from the three different companies I tested with. As you can immediately see, other than a small 1.4% Scandinavian result, all of my results in Europe come from England/Scotland on LivingDNA. But I should have a noticeable chunk of Germanic DNA that they simply did not find. So your result will really depend on what your family background is. If you have any German/French, I would expect it to be understated.

https://image.ibb.co/gpKyzd/ancestry.jpg

FionnSneachta
06-14-2018, 05:18 PM
my results from my heritage were pretty accurate, as I am half English and half irish (one irish parent and one English parent)

Mine were

English 47.3%
Irish, Scottish, and Welsh 46.0%
Finnish 0.8%
Greek 5.9%

Since you have an Irish parent, your Irish percentage with Living DNA will likely be lower than expected so don't start having an identity crisis! The amount of Irish that people get can vary. If your Irish percentage isn't as high as expected, view it as an investment and they are working on their Irish regions so hopefully once that update is introduced, the results will be more accurate. The results aren't static and should change in the future.

Robert1
06-14-2018, 06:49 PM
For those who have done the my heritage DNA and living Dna were the results similar ?..my heritage was pretty accurate but I wanted to go back a bit further and learn a bit more about a couple of things (hence using Living DNA)...did your my heritage and living Dna results match up or differ wildly?

Differed wildly.

MyHeritage gave me ~60% British Isles and ~40% Scandinavian. (extremely inflated Scandinavian, 35% should be British&Irish) Living DNA is very close, assigning 98.7% British Isles and 1.3% Scandinavian. Each result was a saliva sample from their kit, not an upload.