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Has anyone had their DNA tested?

I am interested but am slightly afraid of what can happen to my DNA for future use by insurance companies, or unscrupulous uses of it. I hear some people have found lost relatives, which would be nice. I am on the fence about whether to do it or not.

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Re: Has anyone had their DNA tested?

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I hear you!  I have similar concerns about the possibilities - both known and unknown about future options.

 

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Re: Has anyone had their DNA tested?

Someone I know found out she is not her father's daughter and her mother had a secret.  Both parents are deceased and we had a laugh.  

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Re: Has anyone had their DNA tested?

I am leery of these companies too.

A few routine blood tests would cost more than the intricate genetic testing they are performing.

How are they making a profit ?

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Re: Has anyone had their DNA tested?

I did mine through Ancestry for genealogy purposes, no health info.  You can choose to share or not share your data.  I chose to make my report visible to other DNA matches (lots of cousins out there) but not to be used for scientific research.  

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Re: Has anyone had their DNA tested?

I also know someone who took a dna test along with her two sisters and the test revealed her two sisters were actually half sisters.  She then found out her dad wasn’t her biological father.  She was in her early 50s when she found out and had no clue up until then. 

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Re: Has anyone had their DNA tested?

 Nope. I have zero interest in complicating my life any more than it already is. I know all I need to know about my parents & my background.I will not poke that bear!!

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Re: Has anyone had their DNA tested?

I gave DH a kit last Christmas and it was a huge hit, so much that both sons, DIL, and me will all get kits for Christmas.  I don't have any issues with what use is made of my sample; several serial murderers were caught as a result of DNA matches.

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Re: Has anyone had their DNA tested?

I saw on the news yesterday that this man had his 2 adult sons tested for some sort of celebration he was planning.  Well, to make a long story short......

 

Neither sons were his.  The sons father is his ex-wife's boss/lover.

 

Ex-wify stated she was shocked.  She never realized until the test was done.

No comment from wify's boss/lover.

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Re: Has anyone had their DNA tested?

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@Nicksmom wrote:

 Nope. I have zero interest in complicating my life any more than it already is. I know all I need to know about my parents & my background.I will not poke that bear!!



My thoughts exactly! The DNA collection and handling outside of law enforcement purposes is not properly regulated. It is a lucrative business, and personal information is sometimes gathered unbeknownst to the person taking the test. Just do some research. You will be surprised by what you read. I know there are legitimate reasons for these tests, and companies that provide them, but some companies are using results for nefarious purposes.

 

 

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