CRI Genetics Review

UPDATED Apr. 2021
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CRI Genetics is the Genetics Department of the Cellular Research Institute led by Alexei Fedorov, Ph.D., a former apprentice of the Nobel Prize winner Walter Gilbert. He has turned 35 years of professional experience studying DNA into a patented DNA analysis algorithm that uses the latest breakthroughs in genetic science to unlock complex information in our genome and present it in a way that is useful, interesting, and easy to understand. Continue reading this honest CRI Genetics review to learn how the company can help you discover the very origin of your DNA strand and adjust your daily routines to complement your personal genetic health predispositions.  

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How CRI Genetics Works

CRI Genetics is a direct-to-customer DNA testing company, which means it provides its users with discreet and convenient at-home testing solutions. The procedure includes the following steps: 

Placing an order – After choosing one out of two testing options, you can place your order on the official website. Your personal testing kit will be shipped the moment the company receives your order and it should arrive at the specified address within 5-7 business days. As for available payment methods, the company accepts the majority of credit and debit cards as well as PayPal. 

Registering your testing kit – Once your personal at-home testing kit arrives at your address, you will need to register it on the official website and link it to your account. Your personal kit ID is located at the bottom of the box just below the barcode. It contains two letters followed by six numbers. During registration, you will also need to enter your first and last name, phone number, gender, username, email address, and password. 

Collecting the DNA sample – In this step, you should collect your DNA specimen by following the detailed instructions provided with the kit. CRI Genetics’ testing kit uses mouth swabs to collect buccal cells from the inner side of your cheeks. Simply rub both sides of your cheeks for around half a minute and deposit the sample into the provided container (plastic bag). You should not brush your teeth, smoke cigarettes, chew a bubblegum or eat or drink anything but water for at least half an hour (ideally, two hours) prior to sample collection. The process should be completely painless and it should never draw blood. 

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Sending the sample back – After securing your biological specimen according to the instructions, you should simply mail it back to the lab in the provided pre-paid return envelope. The return address is already there, so all you have to do is drop it in the mail. 

Inspecting your results – 6-8 weeks after the company’s state-of-the-art lab receives your sample, your final report will be generated. You will receive a personal email linking to the results on your account. At that point, simply log in and start exploring what your unique DNA strand has to say about you. 

Why Choose CRI Genetics

CRI Genetics is one of the rare companies that combine ancestral genetic research with health-related results, which makes it a part of a small group of elite testing providers like 23andMe. Let’s go over some other advantages of testing with this company: 

  • Top-of-the-line testing facilities 
  • CLIA certification 
  • Proprietary testing algorithm  
  • Experienced team of geneticists, anthropologists, and social scientists 
  • 99.9% precision 
  • Simple and convenient testing process 
  • Quick turnaround times 
  • 8-weeks efficiency guarantee 
  • Competent and friendly user support 
  • Dual ancestry reports 
  • 642,824 genetic markers checked 
  • Jewish heritage 
  • Solid privacy policy and website security 


Like 23andMe, CRI Genetics offers both ancestry and health DNA testing. While the ancestry report can be ordered separately, the health analysis can only be purchased bundled with the ancestry test. The available testing solutions include: 

Ancestry (99.00$)  CRI Genetics’ ancestry test guarantees 99%+ accuracy and analyzes up to 642,824 genetic markers across your entire genome. Your genetic markers are compared to the samples taken from reference groups in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The test also shows potential Jewish heritage. This testing solution should really be perceived as two ancestry reports in one since it covers the most recent ancestries in your family history but also goes back much further to uncover the ancient origins of your DNA (up to 200,000 years in the past). Note that women will not have access to the Y portion of the test (the examination of the paternal lineage) since females do not have the Y chromosome in their genome. Bottom line, the test will provide you with dual biogeographical ancestry reports, detailed percentage breakdown of your genetic heritage, and a comprehensive ancestry timeline report. 

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Ancestry + Health (199.00$) – For an extra fee, you can also pair your ancestral research with the most important health-related factors dictated by your DNA. Your final health results will include a caffeine metabolism and consumption report, milk digestion report, bitter taste report, umami taste report, fat storage report, overall BMI report, alcohol flush report, triglyceride report, earwax report, body odor report, food cravings report, drowsy after reading report, asparagus smell report, smell floral report, sun sensitivity report, red hair color report, hair thickness report, basic eye color report, genetic weight loss blueprint, and DNA-based recipe guide. The company is currently working on food allergy reports and DNA-based vitamin recommendations.

8-Week Efficiency Guarantee – CRI Genetics protects its users from delays by implementing a unique “Efficiency Guarantee.” This means that if the lab is not able to produce your final report within 8 weeks of receiving your DNA sample, you will get your money back and still receive the results once they are finished. Also, if your DNA sample gets contaminated in any way or there is simply not enough DNA for a successful test, the company will send you an extra testing kit completely free of charge. If you have any doubts or questions, you can always contact the company’s customer support team by phone at 1-800-571-9216 or send them an email at 

Privacy And Security

First of all, any interaction with the company’s website is protected via 256-bit encryption for optimal security. In other words, nobody will be able to intercept or interfere with your connection or have access to the data you have shared on the site. CRI Genetics collects three types of information from you: 

Personal information – As we already mentioned in this CRI Genetics review, the company will require your name, date of birth, email address, phone number, payment information, billing and shipping address, and password when you are creating your personal account. 

Genetic information – Once you submit your DNA sample and the company’s lab team performs the DNA test, the resulting genetic information will be stored in the testing provider’s database. All DNA samples are kept for a period of one year unless circumstances require sample disposal at an earlier time. With your explicit consent, the company may also use the samples for additional genetic testing. 

Website collected information – CRI Genetics’ website uses cookies, device identifiers, scripts, tags, and other similar tracking technologies to help the company recognize you, improve and customize your user experience, analyze usage of its services, offer new products and services, gather user demographic information, monitor the progress of its marketing programs, and serve targeted advertising on its website. It will never use your personal info for targeted advertising. The company will gather certain information automatically and store it in its log files. This includes your IP address, ISP, browser type, referring/exit pages, date/time stamp, operating system, and clickstream data. 

All personal information provided to CRI Genetics is stored and processed in the US. The storage, transfer, and processing of information are always done with your explicit consent. The company will not share your personal info with any third parties except to protect the property and rights of CRI Genetics or if required to do so by law, legal process or regulatory authorities. Your data may also be shared to protect the company’s rights, safety, privacy, reputation, confidentiality or property and to enforce its Terms and Conditions. Finally, it may also be shared to prevent cybercrime or fraud. 

Shipping And Handling

As we already stated in this CRI Genetics review, your personal testing kit should arrive within 5-7 business days after the company receives your order. Within the US, you should also add a shipping cost of 5.95$ to the price of the test. Note that the billing and shipping addresses do not have to match, so you can also send the test as a gift or order multiple tests and send them to different locations. 

Ancestry and Ancestry + Health tests are eligible for shipping within the US but can also be sent to Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, and the UK. Before ordering a test, you should definitely check whether or not your local legislation allows for at-home genetic testing. 

Bottom Line

As shown in this CRI Genetics review, this is a reputable and serious company dedicated to genetic testing with an experienced leader at the helm backed by a skilled team of geneticists, anthropologists, and social scientists. CRI Genetics is also one of the rare companies that combine ancestry and health testing solutions without compromising the quality and precision of either. This allows you to save a lot of time and money on ordering the tests separately from different testing companies. 

CRI Genetics is definitely a good choice if you want to explore your ancient origins up to 200,000 years in the past but also get some personal health recommendations that will allow you to sync your daily life with the health requirements dictated by your genetics. 

User Reviews (26)

CRI Genetics customer rating based on 26 user reviews.

The CRI Genetics reviews listed below reflect the opinions and experiences of real users and are in no way influenced by the company reviewed here. Before publishing each review, our team checks whether it was submitted by an actual user in an effort to prevent false or spammy reviews.

  1. Michel | March 9, 2021

    If you want a basic result I think this was a great way to get a general overview of your ancestors. If you want a family tree result, use another company but you’ll be paying a monthly fee. I liked that this company DOES NOT sell out your information and is privately owned.

  2. Michel | March 9, 2021

    If you want a basic result I think this was a great way to get a general overview of your ancestors. If you want a family tree result, use another company but you’ll be paying a monthly fee. I liked that this company DOES NOT sell out your information and is privately owned.

  3. Michel | March 9, 2021

    If you want a basic result I think this was a great way to get a general overview of your ancestors. If you want a family tree result, use another company but you’ll be paying a monthly fee. I liked that this company DOES NOT sell out your information and is privately owned.

  4. Dave Thorburn | October 29, 2020

    Terrible. They sent four tests.
    The first two didn’t register. The third arrived and sent back- was in testing – then recalled. The fourth sent back has disappeared.

    Standard email responses – outsourced telephone responders. No resolution.

    It’s a merry-go-round. Just like Chinese fashion outlets like CoraChic or NewChic.
    Total waste of time and money.

  5. Brunilda Nunez Baeza | October 11, 2020

    Sorry I purchased this test. I received the small box with a code to be able to register the box. when I tried to register, it appears this code is unknown and I cannot register. I wrote the company and they replied if I had tried to register another number they were sending. I said no, I had tried to register the number on the box I received. They said they would get back to me. I have not heard from them. I think this is a scam of huge proportions. I have had DNA tests done by a number of companies, and have been very pleased. The only reason I got this company is because they advertise they are more thorough and they are one of the best, which is not true. I see there are lots of people complaining and there is no way to get reimbursed and return this test. So anyone comtemplating buying this test should think it over.

  6. John Lampke | September 28, 2020

    I’ve done the 23andMe, Ancestry and the My Heritage DNA tests. Then I did the CRI Genetics test. For starters, CRI does not give you a list of DNA relatives. The others do. Additionally, CRI told me that I was mostly of German descent. The other DNA tests came back that I am mostly of Scots-Irish descent, which coincides with what my grandparents always said. My last name, Lampke, is German, but it’s my step father’s last name, not my last name at birth. My mother’s maiden name was McDonough. My father’s last name was Kendall. I suspect that CRI gave me a report that was based on my own last name, not any real research. CRI is a scam operation. Don’t waste your money on CRI.

    • Gene | January 14, 2021

      I agree with you 100%. I got accurate results from prior to CRI Genetics which I did just for validating. I paid CRI over three hundred dollars which they eventually refunded. I am of English 62%, Scot 27%, and approx 7% Irish and 4% Wales ancestry according to CRI said German, Iberian and an amazing 7.5% Indian. That’s not Native American, their talking about it’s Indian as in India, which they claimed is from within the last five generations. Since I know somewhat of my last five generations I contacted them and asked to converse with the person or persons who came up with that presentation. They sent an email saying that they have room for improvement. If I had said nothing I would be out the 329. I suppose they have many people of Indian ancestry working in their labs. I am thinking cross contamination. I actually don’t care about ethnicity however I do care about accuracy, especially when I am paying for it. I did report them to the BBB in the area of California where their offices are located.

    • Maria Becker | January 27, 2021

      I also agree 100%. My last name is my husband’s. According to my family book (yes, I have one of those) I am basically Italian, Spaniard and Jewish born in South America from people originally European. I’m whiter than most which has been a disadvantage in my childhood (I was all the time painfully burnt after going to the beach, I couldn’t do all the activities my friends did, etc.). But CRI was all the time trying me to put in the Native American group or, as other commentator said, Indian from India. But also, Oh surprise! I am German! As I said, my last name is my husband’s. My sephardic inheritance was totally wiped out! Don’t believe in them!

  7. Dixie Baez | August 11, 2020

    Feel like such an idiot. Was so excited by their ad I made the purchase. Have since learned BBB has this company listed on their website and there are MULTIPLE purchaser complaints online else where calling this company a scam. Buyer beware.

  8. Kevin | July 18, 2020

    I took this test, which was a present, and I am not disappointed with the results. To say it’s a scam would be silly, as clearly your results do relate to your enthnicity. As it happens, the Recent Analysis Report has me down as mostly German. That doesn’t mean my immediate ancestors lived in Germany, it means they had genes which match those in Germany today, which is not a great surprise as the Angles and Saxons invaded Britain from Germany.

    People have to understand the DNA matching process does not identify countries that your relatives lived in, DNA doesn’t know anything about countries, just their genetic profile. I think people confuse this kind of test with one which directly matches your DNA to known individuals from a database, whose nationality is known. For example, I know my grandmother was born in Scotland and a DNA match could show that, but it doesn’t prove her genetic make up was Scottish, she could have had Italian genes for all I know. This test gets past that and shows their true origin.

    The Advanced Report covers many, many generations. Going back 32 generations to 1200 AD where they found a British relative, if I do the maths the sum is 2 (mother and father) to the power 31, which makes for 2,147,483,648 direct relatives (that’s 2 billion) . No wonder everyone has a similar racial mix when you go back that far, many of those ancestors are shared. The numbers are mind boggling when you go back further.

    I am going to give them 4 as my only issue was the Maternal Haplo, which didn’t go into as much detail as others I’ve seen. I was allocated to group R which leaves me in Iran 60,000 years ago, but there are many more recent subsets below that that I did not get allocated to. This could be genuinely because I was part of a group that did not mutate, or I am part of an unidentified sub group. The report was not clear on that.

    • Jean Claude perron | October 31, 2020

      Hello I just send my kit to cri genetic now I’m reading all this negative results what you can tell me what I should do about .I’m very confused and sad if this is a scam and I like to get my money out $200 thanks to you report hopefully you will help me j c perron

    • Gene | January 14, 2021

      Yes, yes, we know all about how they go back a thousand plus years, but so do other companies, if you pay for it and it will not just be copied information but rather information contoured more closely to how you got to present day. I probably received the same report as you from CRI. One notable exception is they claim I have from 1850 and to this day 7.5% . Indian ancestry. 7.5% is actually a lot and not from 1200AD but from 1850. I asked them to explain this and they quickly refunded my $329. with the explanation that “we have room to grow, room for improvement.”

  9. Tony Chianese | June 29, 2020

    I heard that this was he best company to do business with and although the first report seemed a little off the fence I opted out for the maternal results. These results were so far off the mark that I thought I had sent bad info to them. I expected at least an explanation for their obvious discrepancies and have not received any contact by the company. I’m out almost $200 on this scam

  10. Rocio Brandau | June 9, 2020

    In search of information on my familial lines, specifically my mother, I went in search of a DNA test that would help point me in the right direction on what I was looking for, I chose CRI Genetics because they were supposed to be very precise and in depth with the results they offered. When I received my initial analysis, I was pretty surprised by the results but that was not unexpected as for all intents and purposes, I knew nothing of my mother so any information on that was going to be an unknown to me. That being said between their Recent Analysis, Advanced Analysis, and Advanced Timeline, there were inconsistencies that I could see by cross referencing these three reports which didn’t sit well with me. Given that this is not an exact science, I took that into consideration even though I probably shouldn’t have and it was just evidence of shoddy work. Where the scam really comes in was when I requested my Maternal Haplo report. The Recent Analysis gave you five generations of information, the Advanced Analysis gave you your “oldest” ancestral lines, and the Advanced Timeline went back sixty-three generations so given that, it was a reasonable assumption that when I ordered my Maternal Haplo report I would be given a timeline or something similar to the reports I already paid for. It was a load of crap what they gave me. All it contained was a number and a couple of regions! That’s insane given the amount of information the other reports contained. They could not trace back my recent ancestors, (mother, grandmother, great grandmother) but they could supposedly back to where my maternal line originally started. I called to ask for clarification of the inconsistencies, contradictions, and misleading information and all I received was excuses about my expectations, my feelings, and misunderstanding percentages. It was me, not them. This is misleading enough to where it can reasonably be considered a scam and a con to get your money. I will keep attempting to get my money back. They are a class action lawsuit waiting to happen.

  11. Tom | May 24, 2020

    Their website tells you all the great stuff they provide, with a special on the highest value product, so you order. Then you get an offer that’s only given to 1 out of 100 customers for a female haplo group report, which was implied to already be part of what you bought. then you get another offer for the male one, and another for famous people you’re related to. So instead of a good deal, you’re now paying over twice what 23andMe charges for the same thing. Not the way a reputable company works

    So then I research and find the results they send are not even real, just copied from somewhere and the same results sent to many different customers.

  12. Paul Barlow | April 6, 2020

    Deceptive ads, vague results, uncharges for more vague info. Stay clear of this company. Read about DNA from any article on line will give the same results

  13. Kelly Harrod | March 31, 2020

    I agree with Amy Marsh when she said, ” I expected some detail of countries, not just Northern European, Northwest European and Central European -that’s the whole continent! Finnish Laplanders are not the same as Norwegians and all of Europe was lumped together in this report! ” Not very detailed information. I regret giving this company my money (Over $200)!

  14. Ann R. | March 17, 2020

    After a week of not confirming they received my kit I called. One question, was there a separate label? Oh yes she said, I’m sorry our warehouse forgot to put it in box. I’ll expedite another kit. After more research, I determined there is no return label. You just mail it back in box it came in. Now I have my DNA out there in USPS space somewhere! No tracking available. I have been on hold over an hour waiting to speak with someone knowledgeable in their shipping process. Horrible Customer service. I should have spent my money on a kit from a more established company.

  15. Dennis Whardo | February 25, 2020

    This company CRI Genetics is a total JOKE and a waist of money. I have done many tests, I also know more about my ancestry than most people even dream of. The results from this source are flawed to say the least. I have a hard time to even give them a star. The customer support is also just so so even after getting part of my money refunded I can’t recommend this source. If you are doing DNA to help find family I.E. an orphan finding family they don’t match you to close matches . The health gimmick is also not worth reading. I’m rambling now but this company is totally not recommended by me who spends numerous hours over many years research my ancestors.

  16. Selwyn Aickin | February 17, 2020

    I haven’t received my CRI Genetics test kit yet. However, I have received a card from the post office telling me that to received my kit, I have to pay them £8.65 for UK VAT plus £10.00 post office processing fee. That adds approx USD 25 on top of what I already paid for the kit. Anyone in the UK purchasing kits from CRI Genetics should take that into account when comparing the various DNA testing services available.

  17. Teegan Stark | January 9, 2020

    I know that my grand grandmother was of Jewish descent but I wasn’t sure about her husband who died very young and no one knows much about him. We could only presume based on his last name but no one has other information other than his name and that’s not much to go on especially under the circumstances then. I did the test and found out the I do have strong Jewish roots originating from both my sides of my mother’s family like we always suspected.

  18. Nimi | January 3, 2020

    Got sucked in before the xmas period to purchase the Dna testing kit plus the health report at half price, it worked out £90 but it took 3 weeks to be shipped to the UK and to add further insult I could only receive it if i was willing to pay an extra £19 customs charge! They dont tell you about that do they!

    Doesn’t really feel like a bargain with all the added costs. I have’t sent off the test kit yet but have been reading the reviews and they dont look to great either. I think these dna testing companies are scams and just make money to give you a few bits of information. For the kind of money we spend and more on extra reports we dont want crumbs of information but expect a decent report.

    I have previously done my Dna heritage and was not impressed with the minimal information, as they do not pinpoint specific asian countries from where your genealogy could be from but only highlight larger regions of the world map.
    Moral of the story their all money making scams.

  19. Renzo Ruiz | December 28, 2019

    I really appreciate this company’s commitment to its clients’ privacy since it is handling our most private information. I was reluctant at first, not knowing how the procedure goes and who gets to see my results but once I’ve read what other people wrote and the companies excessive privacy policy I didn’t have any doubts at all

    • Amy Marsh | January 15, 2020

      I was impressed with this fact too until I was told that they would not share data with any genealogy site even at my request. So I cannot do family research via any of those services because only CRI has the raw data. I am disappointed. Also, I knew that I was “Heinz 57” as the old joke goes but I expected some detail of countries, not just Northern European, Northwest European and Central European -that’s the whole continent! Finnish Laplanders are not the same as Norwegians and all of Europe was lumped together in this report! The customer service rep said they would email me when further details become available.

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