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Genetic ancestry is a genetics concept that describes the "architecture of genome variation between populations".[1] Genetic ancestry tests exploit the findings of population genetics research to provide inferences about someone's genetic heritage. The tests are also sometimes known as genetic heritage tests[2] or DNA ancestry tests. Genetic ancestry testing is generally distinct from the more rigorous discipline of genetic genealogy which combines a genealogical DNA test with genealogical and historical records.[3]

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  1. Dries DL. Genetic Ancestry, Population Admixture, and the Genetic Epidemiology of Complex Disease Editorial. Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics 2009; 2: 540-543.
  2. Pomery C. Family History in the Genes. National Archives, 2007, pp57-60, 134-156.
  3. Kennett D. Sense about genealogical DNA testing. Sense About Science blog, 15 March 2013.