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Before You Swab: DNA Testing Explained

Tony Webster, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=77734507

A quick swab of your inner cheek, a few weeks' wait, and voila: you know more about your family history. 

DNA testing is gaining in popularity, and helping people know more about their ancestors.  But it can also be a bit of a thicket, in deciding which kind of test and which company to use. 

Blaine Bettinger, both biochemist and lawyer, has answers to many questions, both in his books and at his website, The Genetic Genealogist.  He visits the Exchange with some pointers on best uses of the current technology.  

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Nash Bennett is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.