Genetic Testing

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  1. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    I'm thinking of doing one of those genealogy genetic tests online, but I'm not certain if it's value for my buck. Anyone try it? If so, what was your experience and was it worth the money? Recommendations?
     
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    I have not tried out an ancestry DNA test myself but I know about tests out there like Ancestry DNA and 23 and Me.
     
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  5. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    I'm looking at them right now. My Ero ancestry is pretty clear, but have been told I have native american mixed in my heredity. Would like to verify that if possible. Also, if it gives me a line to my family tree, that would be cool, too.
     
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  8. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

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    What species on this planet is not related in a large way to a banana?
     
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  9. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Careful, you'll bring all the creationists out of the woodwork with talk like that.

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  10. Michael 345 Valued Senior Member

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    I always thought I came from a pear

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  11. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    Sounds like a waste of time and money. If I'm inclined to obsess over what-all may go wrong in my body - a lot! - I can do that, free, in my own bed.
    They never did mention the price.
    I can certainly see how information like this could be abused, especially as most people would only take one test and never know how inaccurate it was.
     
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    A lot of my relatives are bananas.
     
  13. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

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    Mine r mostly just drunk.
     
  14. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    There's a gene for that. I know - I tested positive, but don't tell my insurance company.
     
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    Send me $50 and I'll let you know where you come from

    Hint it's closely related to your parents

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  18. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Did you know that, when you give them your sample, you give up your rights to your genetic code. They own it, and can do with it as they please.
     
  19. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    Unfortunately, they were a bit fuzzy about distant ancestor.
     
  20. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    Would that also apply when I give a blood sample at the doctor's office, a cheek swap for a drug test for my employer, or maybe the dentist. It would seem that we leave DNA samples wherever we go.
     
  21. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    No. Those are confidential. You would have to give explicit permission if a doctor or dentist ever had any reason to want to repurpose your samples (and they never would).

    With these ancestry orgs, you sign away your ownership beforehand. They can use them for whatever commercial purposes they see fit.

    (Remember the lesson of Facebook. If you post a picture or yourself, they own it. They can - and do - use your pictures in their advertizing.)

    I can't even imagine what commercial purposes my DNA might be put to, but I don't think it can be anything good!
     
  22. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    Seems to me I read an article years back where the state (Oregon) can take DNA samples after your death. It would seem we lose our rights over our DNA upon death. I wonder if it could be considered part of your estate, and left behind for your spouse.
     
  23. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Perhaps, though its use is likely still tightly controlled.

    That's still very different from a for-profit corporation using it for commercial gain with no accountability whatever.
     

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