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Short & Sweet – How to do AncestryDNA or 23andme WITHOUT Spit

WOW!

I can’t believe the response I have had to my artificial saliva method for AncestryDNA and 23andme! My blog generates a lot of hits typically, but my numbers have risen¬†DRAMATICALLY since publishing my tutorial on artificial saliva for DNA testing! Haven’t seen my artificial saliva method yet? CLICK HERE! So far, I have seen my method circulated throughout various groups on Facebook, Reddit, other blogs and more! I can’t thank everyone enough for help spreading the word! This method is allowing MORE people to test, and thus, increasing the chances that more people¬† will be able to find their answers!¬† Every person added to these databases is a victory and something to be celebrated. These additions, while seemingly small and insignificant, are critical, especially for those of us who are searching for our biological families! You never know who might just be the match that leads to someone’s answer. Keep up the good work!

In the meantime, I have continued to use the method as necessary to obtain DNA samples. My niece recently tested, but unfortunately, she just couldn’t get enough spit going. I thought this would be a great opportunity to make an updated, short and sweet version of the tutorial. I mean, the last one was pretty long! Here it is!

Again, if you need written instructions, please refer to the previous link HERE.

Oh! And for those of you who INSISTED I was hurting my nephew by swabbing him, check out what Lexi has to say in the video about how much it “hurt.” She’s normally pretty wimpy, so if it hurt, she would make it very known.

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UPDATE Re: How to Take an AncestryDNA Test Without Saliva

As some of you may have seen in a previous blog, I recently devised a method to obtain a saliva sample for DNA testing without using actual saliva. (For full instructions, see my blog post: How to do an AncestryDNA test WITHOUT spit) This method has been questioned by many in genetic genealogy circles, however, I have yet to be made aware of it failing. This method has been successfully used with AncestryDNA as well as 23andme.

I originally developed this method in December 2016 after my daughter refused to spit in the vial without immediately gulping it down right after. Geesh… three-year-olds these days… While begging and pleading with someone who can barely count, I started brainstorming how I could possibly get DNA without spit for this test. I knew it was a frequent problem in some of my DNA circles, especially among elderly people. I thought that maybe my three-year-old could be an important part of figuring out how to obtain a sample. Perhaps this experiment could help other people obtain valuable data that they may not have been able to otherwise. So I jumped in feet first and did my best using what I knew already and what I researched after. I was on pins and needles and kept the whole thing hush-hush until I knew if it worked.

Sure enough, her results came back perfect. At that point, I decided to do another test to demonstrate my method for others to replicate. Jacob was my (super adorable) model and volunteer. Sure enough, just like his cousin’s results, his results came in perfect and exactly as we expected them to.

Additionally, a woman commented on my previous blog that she tried my method with a 23andme kit (and her own mouth) and the results came back correctly, showing her second kit as an identical twin to her first kit!

HELP ME OUT!

Now, here’s where I need help. If you used my method, PLEASE comment here on my blog or on my youtube videos and let me know what the outcome was. So far, I am 2 for 2 in the tests I have done using artificial saliva, but that’s not a very large sample size. If you’ve attempted my method, let me know! I’d love to be able to keep track of successes!

So far, the running tally for my method is;

Ancestry: 2/2

23andme: 1/1

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