It’s In Your DNA

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… 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 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……..

7 thoughts on “It’s In Your DNA

  1. Like you, I find the results questionable. How would we ever know they just didn’t make it up? That said, the majority of DNA results given from tests in the UK state Viking and/or Celtic ancestry. You could have worked that one out for yourself by reading one history book, and saved £100+. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Exactly….plus during the holidays they lower the price to about $50 trying to suck more in to this trap…..I still think it is a government program to isolate and identify……chuq

  2. Interesting reading. I have also done some reading into those tests and what I had read matches what these articles are saying pretty well.
    One of my first cousins had a test through National Geographic. It showed she was fifty two per cent British-Irish, which was expected, and thirty two per cent Southern European, which was a complete surprise. Must be from her dad. Also, no Native American showed up, which was also a surprise. Our grandmother in the only picture we have if her, she died in 1918, looks Native American.

    If this is all so inaccurate, how does DNA tests clear do many people convicted of crimes. I need to read some in how forensic DNA testing is different from what these people are doing.

    Party cloudy here. Yesterday was mostly sunny and great day to be outside.

    1. My father had a pro do the research….his family goes back to 1254 Bordeaux region of France….foggy here waiting for the rain….have a good day….chuq

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