My weekend continues….and as my tradition I try to be an FYI blog on the weekends…..posting on stuff that is either informative or entertaining….today it is FYI…..
A friend got as a present from his daughter one of those DNA testing thingys so that we can learn all about our ancestors…..were your ancestors on the Mayflower….were they a Teutonic knight……maybe a French nobleman….a viking raider…etc etc……
Before I get started I would like to say that I would NEVER use one of these things……my DNA is not on file and will never be on file…..this reminds me of a CIA scam in Pakistan, in the border lands where between them and Afghanistan…….some NGO was giving the children polio shots and at the same time taking DNA from the patients trying to isolate “bad guys” for future identification and observation.
That said I told my friend that I do not believe the claims that these companies present….you know like your DNA can tell if you drink coffee…..tell if you have a propensity to be obese….and so on…..claims too outrageous to be believed…..
I told him my concerns about my DNA on file somewhere for future use…..but I also turned him onto some research into this scam…
For some people, that task is relatively easy because there are oral legends or written words that go back at least several generations (assuming family history is passed down accurately). But for most people, the path backwards is rocky, cluttered with confusing detour signs, or simply blank.
For Americans, citizens of the quintessential melting pot, the quest for identity often propels older people (it’s interesting that we often search for our dead relatives while looking death square in the face) to the lists of immigrants into Ellis Island or other ports of entry into the United States and to the repository of genealogy in Salt Lake City.
There is more……
But when Inside Edition had a set of triplets send their spit in to Ancestry.com and 23andMe, they got wildly different results from both services. Neither gave each triplet the same ancestry results — which, considering they all came from the same womb, is pretty weird.
“Tests can be a crapshoot. For DNA tests, they use genetic markers, which are little variations in the DNA one or several groups may have, but others do not. The more markers there are, the more accurate the test will be.”
People these are not as accurate as the companies claim….save your money and do some research into your family….DO NOT TAKE THE LAZY WAY OUT!
The day is the chance of a rainy one…..cooler weather and time for the honey dos……..