GPS Origins is an ancestry DNA testing site, designed to use your DNA to provide you with additional information regarding your bloodline and heritage. GPS Origins is produced by DNA Diagnostics Center, and are a globally recognised DNA testing service, and of course this means there are high expectations surrounding them. Their belief that technological advances should be accessible to everyone is one that other DNA testing companies should take note of, as is their database of over 730,000 genetic variants that your results will be comprised from. Here, we investigate just what GPS Origins has to offer.
This DNA testing service claims to be able to work out your top three ancestral origins and your ancestor's migration routes, which is not unlike some other genealogy sites that offer this service. Overall, the information that you can find on the website is thorough and detailed, which is certainly something to appreciate. GPS Origins has more genetic variants than other DNA tests, and so it can be expected that more specific results can be reached. The migration map is also explained in detail, a welcome feature for those searching for something a little different.
Registration is simple, as can be expected. It consists of your standard registration form, however there is also a questionnaire that you can complete to improve your results. This questionnaire asks you questions about your mother and father and their lineage, which will ultimately mean they can refine the algorithms used when analysing your DNA data.
When it comes to ordering, GPS Origins gives you the opportunity to either order a full DNA test kit, or to enter raw data onto the site. The raw data is perfect for those looking to supplement their results from another DNA test, and is a fairly quick process. After uploading the raw data onto the website, it can take between 15 and 20 minutes for the information and the data to be processed - a short time compared to the weeks you can wait for the DNA swab results to come back. Payment isn't expected until after the data has been processed, and as soon as payment is made, you can have instant access to the results that the analysis has provided.
Results are split into two main sections: 'Gene Pool Percentages' and 'DNA Migration Route' - the two results we mentioned earlier. There are additional charts and maps for both options for extra information. The 'Top 3 Gene Pools' result will tell you, you guessed it, your top three gene pools. You can click each pool and it'll show you a map where colour intensity will even tell you where it's most likely your DNA originates from. The DNA Migration Route results will show the likely migration routes that your ancestors have travelled - as long as hundreds and thousands of years ago. Two are shown - the maternal and paternal lines - however it becomes clear that GPS Origins may not know which is which, just that there are two different routes.
Overall, GPS Origins proves to be a worthy contender in the world of DNA testing, and can even offer something a little different to other similar services. The possibility of uploading raw data means that users who have undergone DNA testing before can upload the data and see if their results correspond with those they have received before, potentially even bulking them out a little more. The price is fairly high for uploading raw data, however, so this is a cost that you'll have to evaluate the worth of yourself, but the cost of the DNA test itself is fairly standard for the industry. However, GPS Origins is certainly a site worth investigating if you're interested in your ancestry, and the migration map is certainly a nice touch to round off your results.