There are many different types of genetic tests. Some detect genetic variants that may impact health. There are also other tests that only give you recreational information such as insights about your ancestry or common traits. 

There are a variety of genetic testing technologies available. For example, some tests sequence entire genes for any possible mutations, while others only check for a handful of known mutations (called genotyping). 

Not all genetic tests are the same in terms of quality and the type of information you receive. You can contact your healthcare provider, as well as a local genetic counselor who specializes in genetic test information, to discuss which types of genetic tests are most likely to provide the information you need.

Learn more about the difference between genotyping and sequencing

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