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    Is it worth taking another 23andme test?

    I first took the test October/November of 2019 but after a while I lost interest and deleted the account before the new updates. Iím curious to see how different the result would be if I retook the test this year. Would it be worth it?

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    I mean financially speaking, deleting your account was a bad decision. You’d likely have gotten the updates for free. That said, I think at this point 23 and me is the best autosomal test available. You get ydna (if you are male)and mtDNA as well as a fairly accurate autosomal estimate. So, if you have interest in this kind of thing then I’d say yea it’s worth it. But don’t get it just for raw data.
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    What are you looking for?

    Ethnicity, relatives, health?

    Depending on your answer, you might try a different vendor for testing. If 23andMe caused you to loose interest, it might happen again.

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    It will be a waste of money.

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    It's a waste of money... and based on my experience I think these DNA tests just aren't good enough to give accurate reports. No way I am almost 100% European, I'm sorry... something is wrong.
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    This is just my personal opinion, but I firmly believe 23andme is the most accurate of the commercial tests available right now, at least when it comes to autosomal DNA. It would be my suggestion for anyone interested in their recent ancestry to take the 23andme test, followed perhaps by AncestryDNA.

    As for your particular case, since I don't know exactly what disappointed you so much, then I can't say how much that specific thing has improved in the last year or so.

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    It’s true 23andMe apply an extrem smoothing algorithm in their v5.9 upgrade, but in general terms, is the most accurate autosomal test by the moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rober_tce View Post
    It’s true 23andMe apply an extrem smoothing algorithm in their v5.9 upgrade, but in general terms, is the most accurate autosomal test by the moment.
    they extremely smoothed me out to 87% German. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luso View Post
    It's a waste of money... and based on my experience I think these DNA tests just aren't good enough to give accurate reports. No way I am almost 100% European, I'm sorry... something is wrong.
    That's not about accuracy alone, but also perspective. If a test promises to deliver recent ancestral information, especially the way 23andme does, it just confuses people if they get for example any sort of African at a ggggrandparent level. Like if they write "your ggggrandparent was most likely 100 percent" it doesn't work out, if the whole regional population has a base level of admixture, which however became the norm for this specific European population.
    It is not solvable by an algorithm alone, but only by providing two results, one recent - the best is 23andme and AncestryDNA, and one ancient - but ancient based on what references, which time line? In the future I imagine you can just slide a time regulator and jumping from let's say 1900 - 1500 - 0 AD - 2000 BC and so on, with ancestral proportions which fit the respective timing. But as it is now, and having a focus on recent genealogical research for people in America, it is as it is. Though especially Subsaharan African or East Asian, so the components which cross the continental barriers, should always be correctly interpreted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryS. View Post
    they extremely smoothed me out to 87% German. LOL
    Some recent german ancestry that you can know? Itís very high
    23andMe: 99.4% Spanish & Portuguese, 0.3% Ashkenazi Jewish, 0.3% Trace Ancestry (0.3% Nigerian)

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