Gizmodo writer Kristen V. Brown sent her DNA to multiple genetic testing companies and found each gave very different results. Brown breaks down her results and interviews the companies about their procedures to try to make sense of the varying results. Genetics is inherently a comparative science: Data about your genes is determined by comparing them to the genes of other people," Brown writes. As Adam Rutherford, a British geneticist and author of the excellent book 'A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived,' explained to me, we've got a fundamental misunderstanding of what an ancestry DNA test even does. "They're not telling you where your DNA comes from in the past," he told me, "They're telling you where on Earth your DNA is from today."
This is a good article. Bottom line: it's not pseudoscience, but it's overinterpreted and matching data sets from many parts of The world is thin. When it says you are such and such percent Italian, it means that people living in Italy today who have taken their test share some percentage of the same markers found in your sample. The link above works.
"If they allow you to take the raw data and analyze it yourself, then why not?"
Do they give you the raw data, though?
I've never actually figured out what the look at. Microsatellites? I'm not big on human genotyping.
My test results weren't surprising. My dad is clearly northern European, my mom is of Italian ancestry.
My results came back 50% northern European - from my dad; and 35% Italian and the other 15% a mixture of north African, Middle eastern and Subsaharan African - from my mom.
I thought the part from my mother was the most interesting because it shows the cultural mixing that occurred with Roman empire and Renaissance era. Italy was the center of both.
#10 | Posted by jamesgelliott
I think the point here is your "results" are probably not accurate. Which renders them meaningless.
No, based on family history they seem very accurate.
And the article pointed out that as each companies database grows, the more accurate the results will become.
Each will also be looking at different genetic markers which would cause different, but not necessarily incorrect results.
My results accurately predicted I am half donkey. The bottom half.
#13 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER
You must have one hell of a kick!
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