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Has Anyone Done A Mail In DNA Test?

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SagaciousSighFiGurl 8
Joe Blow 1
TinktheSprite 2
sdanielmcev 1
Emperor of Kingwood 1
witchywoman 8
SodaPopAndRitalin 1
fuzz81 1
OrdinaryGuy 2
KwMillennial 3

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SagaciousSighFiGurl (Mod) --- 4 years ago -

My brother did one and there were some surprises the way the ethnicity broke down. Since my Fathers parents were suppose to both be full blooded Italians, we were surprised that the Italian influence was less than the expected 50%. He had French as his second most dominating influence...we never knew there was any French. However we thought my Mothers background was an lrish dominated mix and the Irish influence was not very strong at like 8%.

I just did mine bc I'm so curious now! Anyone do this? 

OrdinaryGuy --- 4 years ago -

I did and it came back with things I was not aware of at all. It may surprise you. 

SagaciousSighFiGurl (Mod) --- 4 years ago -

I bet it will. Fun either way! 

OrdinaryGuy --- 4 years ago -

You bet it was. 

TinktheSprite --- 4 years ago -

I understand your DNA belongs to the company who performs the test. I wonder what they can do with it?? 

TinktheSprite --- 4 years ago -

My background is so darn boring. I am a purebred for as far back as we found before all the DNA testing. 

SagaciousSighFiGurl (Mod) --- 4 years ago -

Them having that info feels a little weird. It's thru My Ancestry and that whole site is about people connecting and sharing their ancestry. I'm not joining it but you can buy your test through them. 

Emperor of Kingwood --- 4 years ago -

I came back 25% Scandinavian and the rest English/Irish with a smidgen of French. 

sdanielmcev --- 4 years ago -

My brother did. Turns out we really were 100% Scots- Irish. 

fuzz81 --- 4 years ago -


SodaPopAndRitalin --- 4 years ago -

Yep. Irish, German, Turkish, North African, Danish.

Was super excited to learn I wasn't just the boring Irish-German I thought we were. 

KwMillennial --- 4 years ago -

My parents did this through 23 and me. My mom found out she was less Italian than she thought. My dad was impressed that his genetic composition accurately identified his ability to smell asparagus in urine. He said that’s his superpower and he just needs to figure out how to fight crime with it.

I think dna testing will be the biggest change in our future healthcare. Right now we are reactive to illnesses. Improved genetic research from these massive databases will help our healthcare system become more proactive. Once we have that data, gene manipulation will be a form of treatment - all before we begin showing symptoms of illness. 

KwMillennial --- 4 years ago -

I happened to be listening to a podcast today on this topic. They discussed something I hadn’t thought about.

Apparently sperm donation is something many people do to help women get pregnant. That’s news to me. But they do it with an agreement that enables them to stay anonymous. DNA testing could cause major changes in sperm donation if there’s no way to guarantee anonymity anymore.

DNA testing could also be a game changer for people with a dna profile determined to be at risk for many health risks.

It got me wondering if gene manipulation can be used to alter traces of identity to ensure anonymity. 

witchywoman --- 4 years ago -

DNA testing is for way more than ethnicity.

People can find their birth parents and others..... and I'm not referring to situations where one gets a direct match to them.

I am a Genetic Genealogist and I help others who are searching.

There are thousands upon thousands upon thousands of folks who are finding out that their birth certificate father is not their birth father so before you DNA test, be forewarned that you might find out things that will change the course of your life. The DNA companies now have disclaimers on everything and people answering their phones ready to reassure you that DNA doesn't lie. People do. 

witchywoman --- 4 years ago -

Apparently sperm donation is something many people do to help women get pregnant. That's news to me. But they do it with an agreement that enables them to stay anonymous. DNA testing could cause major changes in sperm donation if there's no way to guarantee anonymity anymore.

DNA testing already has changed it. Anonymity is a thing of the past.

Make no mistake about it, (almost) everyone has an innate desire to understand where they came from. DC individuals are finding out who their sperm donors are. Some have 50 half siblings. In many cases the donor wasn't who they were told it was. It was the doctor himself, with an ego higher than Everest, and a desire to spread his own DNA far and wide under the guise of it belonging to anon donors.

These days, you can run but you can't hide. Law enforcement is solving long cold cases with today's DNA technology. It's come a long way. 

SagaciousSighFiGurl (Mod) --- 4 years ago -

Couldn't they just set up sperm donation with an anonymity cause stating the donor shall remain anonymous even tho his info might actually be somewhere?? I mean adoptions are done that way.. Seems like they just need to adjust and make laws protecting donors if they must. 

KwMillennial --- 4 years ago -

How can that be enforced if the child submits their dna sample and the biological parent’s relatives other than the father are revealed? It would be fairly easy to conclude who the biological father probably is even though the father did not make their dna profile available.

If my results show I am probably the biological sibling of 5 people, all it takes is for me to determine who the father and mother of those 5 people are. 

witchywoman --- 4 years ago -

Sperm donations already have an anonymity clause. It doesn't matter....and the sperm donor doesn't have to have his DNA out in the database the me to figure out who he is. Furthermore, I don't have to have a sibling hit to figure it out. 

witchywoman --- 4 years ago -

You also brought up adoptions. Why do you think all this started in the first place? Adoptees looking for their birth families. But since this is the 21st century, there are also donor conceived looking for their birth families and NPE's looking for their birth families and foundlings looking for their birth families.

So if you think just because you had a closed adoption with sealed records that you're safe? Ha. Guess again. 

witchywoman --- 4 years ago -

Then there's this. 

SagaciousSighFiGurl (Mod) --- 4 years ago -

Well interesting. I'm thinking this bottomless pit of information needs some boundaries as far as accessibility.

We should own our own info and have authority over it. 

witchywoman --- 4 years ago -

You already do. Keep your DNA out of all the testing company databases.

Unfortunately, you can't control others. Ever. If they want their DNA out there for research purposes and they're related to you, we will find you. 

witchywoman --- 4 years ago -

Rest assured, everyone has relatives in the DNA databases. So as I said earlier, you can run but you can't hide. 

SagaciousSighFiGurl (Mod) --- 4 years ago -

Not everyone. Maybe a good chunk, but there are lots of older people who not only wouldn't do this test but aren't actively even online or using a computer. 

witchywoman --- 4 years ago -

You'd be surprised; many do. Their younger relatives realize the importsnce of elder DNA.....closer to the source (ancients) so they get them tested all the time.

Regardless, you missed the point. Even if someone hasn't tested everyone has relatives in the databases. EVERYONE. 

Joe Blow --- 4 years ago -

I'm getting a test for Fathers Day. Sag, maybe we will be a DNA match. I hope not.


SagaciousSighFiGurl (Mod) --- 4 years ago -

I hope so! That way, in in a round about way, you would have been insulting your own family all this time! LOL 

SagaciousSighFiGurl (Mod) --- 4 years ago -

Well I got word the test was received and they are breaking it down now. I'm excited to see how it will turn out.
Stay tuned! 

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