What DNA ancestry tests can — and can’t — tell you

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • I took a DNA ancestry test. It didn’t tell me where my ancestors came from…Subscribe to our channel! http://bit.ly/video-labAt-home DNA ancestry tests have become hugely popular in recent years. More than 26 million have taken one of these tests. If their marketing is to be believed, they can help you learn where your DNA comes from, and even where your ancestors lived. But the information that can be inferred from your DNA is actually much more limited than testing companies are letting on. And that has lead consumers to misinterpret their results — which is having negative consequences.Further reading:The limits of ancestry DNA tests, explainedhttps://www.vox.com/science-and-healt...Was I part British, part Dutch, a little bit Jewish? The oddness of DNA tests.https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation...White nationalists are flocking to genetic ancestry tests — with surprising resultshttps://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...Direct-to-consumer racial admixture tests and beliefs about essential racial differenceshttps://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/...The human genome diversity panel browserhttp://hgdp.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/gbro...Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06oOr Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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  • Vox

     2 months ago

    We did our first collaboration with our friends at Verge Science to explore how at-home DNA tests are putting everyone at risk. Check out their video here: https://www.thclips.net/video/7q8Oa97a04g/video.html

  • Kevin Luo

     2 months ago

    My DNA test results just came out and I'm proud to say that I'm from the surface of the Earth.

  • 3Sphere

     1 months ago

    How provincial. I have found that my real name is Eos and I'm from Anduria Theta Prime in the Corudeen sector. We are well known for our excellent fried Pertax eggs. (over easy) I am an agent previously with amnesia on primitive Earth because we are at war with the lizard people from Temple Palax Xone in the Terride Minor Cluster. My misplaced ship can now locate me because it is keyed to my DNA. Joy is Unbound. We are of the body.

  • Casi Paul

     1 months ago

    Really? You look like a magma boy.

  • Erzats Erz

     2 months ago

    Think about it, you're giving away your genetic code to a profitable industry.What could possibly go wrong?

  • Fizzy Gacha

     15 days ago

    @Iron Dolphin Please say this is satire

  • Next Right

     a months ago

    If you ever been to the doctor they already have your dna.

  • Isaac L

     2 months ago

    Are you trying to tell me woah wicky isn’t black 😤

  • Sebastian Branstad

     10 days ago

    SixPack Shakur (Rep5281) Does it matter? Weirdos still make up a large portion of any country lol. Look at the US right now, it’s getting to a level of ethnic conflict that isn’t healthy.

  • BUSHy

     2 months ago

    Im :90%depressed and20%sad

  • supernovasuper Plays

     2 days ago

    @Oh Frick r/Woooosh

  • supernovasuper Plays

     2 days ago

    I am 1000% depressed sad and stressed

  • Mad man

     2 months ago

    Hey! It might be meaningless and imprecise, but at least they cost a lot and they sell your genetic data later!

  • CommonApathy

     1 months ago

    Also the government can grab that data just whenever.

  • Ok3B

     1 months ago

    @TheLivingApocalypse My answer to evil/vile insurance co.s- I we need Laws to punish & REMOVE insurance companies that abuse EQUAL HUMAN RIGHTS, so they can steal more profits. Their CEO's should be EXacuted & imprisioned too.

  • ALRIGHTY THEN

     2 months ago

    I found out 50% of my dna came from my mother. They couldn’t pin down the other 50%, but I’ve got a pretty good idea.

  • overquoted

     2 months ago

    I mean, if white nationalists are using DNA ancestry tests, chances are they end up getting some rude surprises. I consider this a win.

  • overquoted

     3 days ago

    @blueyesamurai two - Lol, I doubt that. Black nationalism is partly a reaction to white racism. It has racist inclinations of its own, but it has never touted the purity of African Americans, nor obsessed over ancestry the way that white nationalist groups have. I would imagine that black nationalism doesn't because one of legacies of slavery is that a lot of black people have mixed ancestry. So no, I don't think it'd be a 'surprise' to any black nationalist that they had non-African DNA.But I like h...

  • GMBigKev

     2 months ago

    Another issue not mentioned is if the reference population is fairly low, the results might not show up in that population. I know my great-grandmother was Native American (Pamunkey tribe), but my ancestry test shows me as having 1% in the Native American population - which is far lower than it should be (should be around 12%.) There just aren't enough Native Americans providing samples for the site to be able to give a good percentage.Edit: Thank you folks for the responses. You're right that propor...

  • Le Bas-fond

     1 months ago

    @Zaparolli Yeah, but if it's a small population and not many of those people have taken the DNA tests, it's harder to trace. If you have indigenous ancestry from Central and South America, where the testing populations are both high and many people are 100% indigenous, that might show up right away. Or if you're from a nation that has had a LOT of testing, like the Navajo.

  • Zaparolli

     1 months ago

    I got 40% native 🤷🏻‍♀️If you have native ancestry you’ll see it. It may not be 100% accurate but it does show up

  • Owen Tuleja

     5 days ago

    Wants to know what a DNA test "can and can't" tell him... interviews a sociologist.