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Living DNA Genealogy and Wellbeing Kits

Living DNA has launched two new kits to provide customers with genealogy and wellbeing information. The company's $49 or £49 Starter DNA Kit is designed for individuals who are interested in DNA testing but are unsure about what type of test to take, the company said. Using a mouth swab sample, it provides a high-level global view of a customer's ancestry, the ability to find DNA matches with others worldwide, and wellbeing reports focused on supporting diet and exercise. The company's $129 or £129 Wellbeing Kit, meantime, provides detailed reports including lifestyle-related advice on vitamin levels and deficiencies, metabolism, response to food components such as glucose and lactose, and fitness and exercise response. The new offerings join Living DNA's existing $99/£99 Ancestry Kit.

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