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Some consumers who have received bone marrow or stem cell transplants may wonder if they should use AncestryDNA ®. For both bone marrow and stem cell transplants, it depends on if you’re a donor or recipient.

If I received a bone marrow transplant, should I use AncestryDNA ®?

We recommend that recipients of bone marrow transplants do not take Ancestry’s DNA test. Instead, we recommend that a close relative, such as a parent or sibling, be tested.

We test the DNA collected in a customer’s saliva sample, which contains cells from multiple sources, including often blood cells created by bone marrow. If you received a bone marrow transplant, your saliva will probably include your own DNA and the DNA of your bone marrow donor. This combination of DNA can cause your results to be inconclusive or even possibly report the results of your donor. As a result, Ancestry does not recommend the AncestryDNA ® product to bone marrow recipients. However, there is no impact to your results if you are a bone marrow donor.

If you have any further questions, please contact Ancestry Support.

If I received a stem cell transplant, should I use AncestryDNA®?

We recommend that recipients of stem cell transplants do not take Ancestry’s DNA test. Instead, we recommend that a close relative, such as a parent or sibling, be tested.

We test the DNA collected in a customer’s saliva sample, which contains cells from multiple sources, including often blood cells created by stem cells. If you received a stem cell transplant, your saliva will probably include your own DNA and the DNA of your stem cell donor. This combination of DNA can cause your results to be inconclusive or even possibly report the results of your donor. As a result, Ancestry does not recommend the AncestryDNA® product to stem cell recipients. However, there is no impact to your results if you are a stem cell donor.

If you have any further questions, please contact Ancestry Support.