A Spitting Image

The use of commercial DNA tests has rapidly increased worldwide in recent years. We are seeking participants to share their experiences on how it is to discover new relatives or obtain new information about one's origins through commercial DNA tests (such as Ancestry, MyHeritage, FTDNA, 23andMe, etc.).


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Multiple sources (Spearhead projects of centres for multidisciplinary research)

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University of Oulu

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Do you want to participate in our research?

Our project explores how commercial biogenetics constructs and deconstructs collectives and networks, including those of family, kin and nation. Our interdisciplinary project combines perspectives from Gender Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Anthropology, and History.

You are warmly welcome to take part in our research if you are an adult and have done a commercial DNA test (for example, Ancestry, MyHeritage, 23andMe, FTDNA). You can take part either in writing or by participating in an interview (please click the link above). You can also contact researcher Laura Menard directly on laura.menard@oulu.fi

If you are adopted and you would like to participate in an interview, you can contact researcher Anna Rönkä directly on anna.r.ronka@oulu.fi or by phone +358 29 44 83813.