May 8, 2018
Not too terribly long ago, I spent something like $79 and sent in a vial of my saliva to an outfit called 23AndMe. In exchange for my money and my spit, 23AndMe provided me with a profile of the ethnic heritage of my DNA (along with the results of testing which revealed whether I had a genetic propensity for certain disorders I’d rather not have).
It turns out that I am really, really white.
At least I think I am.
You see, it just may be that not all of the companies doing the testing are drawing from the same database. In fact, according to this story, one investigative journalist sent his DNA sample to Ancestry.com, and was told that he was 36% Irish, Scottish and Welsh, 32% Scandinavian and 26% western European. When he sent a sample to Heritage DNA, however, he was told that he was 66% north and western European, 18% British and 16% Irish.
The best part is that the reporters also sent dog DNA to several of the companies. All of them kicked the sample back. Except for one. The lab equipment over at Orig3n DNA, which offered a “Superhero” test for strength, intelligence, and speed, was apparently not sufficiently calibrated to distinguish between human DNA and dog DNA. They provided a 7-page report relating that the muscle force of the subject would probably be great for quick movements like boxing and basketball, and that she had the cardiac output for long endurance bike rides or runs.
Hey — you never know: