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Are any free ethnicity DNA tests available?

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Free ethnicity DNA tests are available occasionally to encourage the participation of certain groups of people who share a commonality, such as having African ancestry or a specific surname. Often, the tests are only offered to males if done for genealogical purposes, though tests for medical reasons are more inclusive.

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As of 2015, there are four major DNA testing organizations: 23AndMe, Family Tree DNA, Ancestry DNA and Geno 2.0. Prices for most autosomal DNA tests are typically in the $99 range, although there are periodic sales. National Geographic's Geno 2.0 carries a heftier price tag around $199 and provides a scientific emphasis rather than genealogical one.

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