DNA ancestry companies fake African ancestry for white people

You’ve all seen those commercials on TV from DNA-testing businesses like Ancestry.com, 23andMe, and Living DNA.

The commercials portray DNA testing as such a science that they can break down your genetic ancestry into precise percentages, e.g., Native American (26%), Spanish or Iberian (23%), Italian/Greek (15%), African (5%), as in this commercial.

But in reality, what those DNA-testing companies sell is more con than science.

That’s what Inside Edition discovered when they had a set of triplets send their saliva to Ancestry.com and 23andMe for DNA testing. Although the triplets all came from the same womb, they got wildly different results from both companies. The DNA test results had the triplets differing from each other by more than 10%, which is a greater difference than the 7% genetic difference between humans and monkeys, the 3.1% difference in DNA between humans and orangutans, and the 1.2% difference between humans and chimps. (See “Animals That Share Human DNA Sequences“)

Indeed, genetics experts say the DNA-testing companies prey on gullible people by pinpointing your biological origins on a map with spurious specificity:

  • Anthropologist Deborah Bolnick of the University of Texas at Austin calls “fraudulent” companies that claim DNA testing will tell you where you came from.
  • Anthropologist Jonathan Marks of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, says that instead of tracing our genetic past, what we get is a scientific scam: “It sure looks like science. Well, it is science. It’s done by scientists, and it’s done on DNA samples. And it produces real data.” But these companies simply don’t have enough comparative information to pinpoint a gene on a world map.

To find out more about the sophistry sold by DNA-testing companies, Cracked spoke to Morgan, an employee of “one of the major ancestry testing companies”.

Morgan not only confirms what the anthropologists say — that the DNA tests are not as accurate and precise as they are claimed to be — he also reveals other problems, such as test results being “tweaked” to conform with the customer’s expectations because “It pays to suck up to the people who pay you,” and test samples being contaminated because the customers sent their saliva mixed with other substances, such as food or saliva from another person.

Most egregiously, Morgan also confides that his DNA testing company has faked African ancestry for customers deemed to be racists:

“I only know of two times somebody wanted to be tested for being another ethnicity because they didn’t like that ethnicity. Both times, [they were] white people not wanting to believe they had black ancestors. […]

[W]hat we did was add ‘< 1 percent’ to each African category of ethnicity. That way we weren’t lying, and they [the “racist’ customers] would both be wondering how much under a percentage point was. We always try to round to the nearest number because we sometimes hear about percentage points, but for them, we leave it open to whether it’s a one or a zero. […]

[One customer] wrote to us asking what that meant, and we wrote back that it meant it was under 1 percent. And we were not saying zero. Unless they got another test, that was going to bother them. Maybe they weren’t 100 percent Caucasian […] this way it leaves it open, and they’ll always be wondering.

~Eowyn

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29 responses to “DNA ancestry companies fake African ancestry for white people

  1. Shocker, not.

    One of the founders of of 23andMe, Linda Avey, is anti-Trump. See her Twitter timeline. https://twitter.com/CelticWombat/status/935261204288696320

    The other founder, Anne Wojcicki, is as well. https://twitter.com/annewoj23?lang=en

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  2. I knew it!
    Also i would never feel entirely comfortable with giving some company my DNA profile. There’s quite a good video by someone called ‘reallygraceful’ on yt who made a few interesting observations on these companies.

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  3. I’ve never had any interest in having my DNA tested, nor have I ever been gullible enough to trust one of these companies to have a sample of my DNA.

    I’ve been wondering, though, if we have been misled on the wonders of DNA evidence in relation to crime solving. For years we have been lied to about other forms of evidence, such as fingerprints, gunshot residue, tire tread patterns, cadaver dogs, drug-sniffing dogs, and other such things. It’s not that these aren’t very good pieces of evidence to use in solving and prosecuting for crimes, it’s that the accuracy rates have been rather exaggerated by the FBI. They even admitted it several years ago, and it called into question thousands of cases where people had been prosecuted using this kind of evidence. Now that we know how truly corrupt the FBI has been for a long time, I wouldn’t be one bit surprised to find out that DNA’s 100% accuracy is also exaggerated.

    Just sayin’. 😎

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  4. I am so glad you covered this. I have said for a long time, there is no way they can prove if you came from Guyana, Or anywhere else since many, were nomads.

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  5. Someone got the DNA sample confused with the stool sample.
    The report comes back that they were 100% Liberal piece of crap.

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  6. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    Another day, another dollar, and another scam.

    kommonsentsjane

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  7. I wouldn’t willingly give my DNA to anyone. Quite frankly, past my great grandparents, I don’t really care what is in my DNA, only that someone I don’t know doesn’t have access to it.

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  8. Sounds like a great idea — pay some idiot to take a sample of your DNA. Then wonder how the hell the police or feds came up with your DNA “evidence” at a crime scene you’ve never been to. Then end up in prison on false charges you now can’t disprove. If you don’t think there are attorneys and other investigators who would pay to get your DNA from such a lab… or even steal it, keep dreaming.

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    • I can easily imagine that scenario,and they’d have a huge stockpile of DNA “samples” to choose from to prove “anyone except ________” Committed the crime. Naturally,I’d expect Conservatives,ESPECIALLY very vocal ones,and Gun Owners ESPECIALLY the ones with gun collections and ammo stockpiles,to be the chosen “suspects”. But I might just be a little paranoid,though there’s NO reason to be…..(sarc)

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  9. I guess the next move would be a customer class action law suit……

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  11. How do you determine that a random person submitting a DNA sample that you have never once had any interaction with, is a racist? Do they honestly just see racists everywhere, to the point that it requires them to label these people they’ve never talked to with hateful labels?

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  12. Who sez that the DNA sample you send in has to actually be yours..!! Send them a sample of your Dog’s sputum right after it has eaten chicken..!! Those crooked DNA tester may still say you are from, – = well, let’s leave that answer to your imagination..!!

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  13. As cogitoergosumantra said a DNA store for false “evidence” is one thing they may well use this for, I’d also question that since their business model is not honest, and given that the testing for these kinds of things can cost thousands upon thousands of dollars, (who pays that fee if not the customer?) then what are they really doing all this for? Remember when that Council on Foreign Relations shill angelina jolie was used to promote & encourage genetic testing (which seems to have caused this “pop” testing movement in the first place, and I suspect was completely intended to do exactly that.) as some canard to suggest that people mutilate perfectly healthy organs, because of a “what if” scare tactic? Also, one wonders, do they “fudge” data like that for say, jewish supremacists, (Despite that there is no such thing as a “jewish race” judaism adherent stuff is religious, has nothing to do with genetics.) do they subtract any caucus group data to make sure the “shemitic” fallacy & psy-op continues? How about “black panther” types, or “Azn” asiatic supremacists, or “la raza”?

    There is another troubling possibility as well, all that collection of genetic data is basically getting people to comply with being profiled on a grandiose scale, with their alleged “consent” & willing participation no less, just like how they were encouraged to spy on themselves with facebook and all the rest of “social media”, thus achieving the overall orwellian goals of the satanic gestapo (The goals of the “total information awareness office”, allegedly shut down early in bush jr’s term, have been realized, haven’t they?), all the while thinking they’re doing something fun by their own choice… and not suspecting they were manipulated into jumping off a cliff into totalitarianism.

    There is one final concern though, that is related, the realm of genomic weaponry, long considered a subject of sci-fi… can they use all this aggregated data to purposefully corrupt a strain of bacteria etc. to target only a given demographic, or make something that “activates” ( or perhaps even inserts?) bad gene sequences to cause a disease that would easily be labeled as “natural causes” on any coroner’s report? (Thus almost perfect plausible deniability on targeted killing or assassinations) Or can this data be used to find specific chemical compounds that will adversely affect or have a magnified effect on certain people, but not others? I’m skeptical of this myself, but I wouldn’t put it past them.

    At this point I’d say its safe to suspect that all the above abuses are “on the table” for the satanists… and whats worse is that the citizenry has been manipulated to not only go along with all this, but to participate with gusto, thinking they’re having “fun” or “helping science/medicine”. How do we combat this kind of society-wide manipulation & coercion, and whats more, how do we combat the abuses as listed above, what counter-measures can be done to mitigate the threat posed?

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    • Oops, how could I forget, there is also a disturbing, and gruesome abuse, for the cult of eugenics as well… which itself is grounds for concern, a genetic weapon, as noted above, also presents a potential for “sterilizing” those born to parents considered unfit for whatever garbage reason, one also wonders if it would be utilized to sterilize the parents on exposure so as to make any potential child terminate or miscarry well before birth as well. (They already demonstrate they do this with “vaccines”, no?)

      In such a case though, if it is a pathogen we shouldn’t sell short the immune system God designed for every human being, and that it can be bolstered & boosted accordingly.

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  14. J. Edgar Hoover urged all children to send their fingerprints in to the FBI, back in the 1930’s. Yep. This way the FBI had (drumroll)—their fingerprints. The same is happening here. Or it could happen.
    Actually, in a way it has been happening: Infants’ blood is taken from them at birth and sent to Big Pharma labs, as Alex Jones has reported on at least two occasions.
    The geneology in my family has already been done, by two people. Our late “Aunt Vina” did most of it, back to the 1500’s. Another wag did it back in 1929, and to flatter whoever paid him, traced our ancestry back to the Roman good Janus! (It was discovered that the family did have some time to a family by the name of January).
    Well, as they used to say, “You cannot cheat an honest man.” The real howler here is that many black people DO have some white blood in them. And THIS angers them to no end. (This is true!)

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  15. Well, if you’re are trying to get a break on your kids college tuition…

    On the other hand, the feds are collecting the DNA info on these tests, and that should make all Americans seriously uncomfortable.

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