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DNA Testing $99 (Was $129) + $29.99 Shipping @ Ancestry

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I have been considering getting a DNA test before I start to looking into my family history, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Received an email with this discount this morning, so might be time to do it.

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  • +9 votes

    I have always wanted to confirm that my friend hails from a long line of bogans

    • +5 votes

      Grab a lock of his mullet and send it in

      • +3 votes

        If I did that, they would detain him to study how a neanderthal made it through the stone age to live in Inala

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          I heard they found a pre-Neanderthal in Woodridge. Apparently preserved in ice. Lots of ice in Woodridge..

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          If you have light colored skin and your ancestors come from Europe you probably have up to 2.7% Neanderthal DNA plus some Denisovian DNA. We also probably carry other human species DNA as well but there is not enough old DNA found yet to prove it conclusively.

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          @Palamedes: pity the genes for party pooper made it through the bottle neck…

    • +3 votes

      Ask him if he grew up near Werribee. My understanding is that genetic testing has shown that the Werribee bogans evolved independently of the outer eastern suburb tribes.

  • +3 votes

    This DNA testing can be interesting, in that it will give you:
    - a list of geographical areas that have an influence in your DNA (e.g. Irish, Eastern Europe, etc, as a % weighting). It will not be definitive of any particular country.
    - a list of other people that have had their DNA tested (via Ancestry) that have some level of alignment with yours (i.e. most likely to be 1st cousins, 2nd cousins, etc). You can make contact with them and these are people that are probably also interested in family trees etc., so could give you a head start on your own family tree.

    • +1 vote

      another use: it could be uploaded for analysis to check if a person is genetically prone to any diseases.

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        When you feel like thinking about the possible, slow ways you are going to die.

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        That’s not quite how DNA testing works. You will only get the specific results of the areas they are analysing … not your entire DNA sequence and nothing medically useful.

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          partner still got enough to discover she has a gene mutation so that synthetic folic acid is not good for her - these days synthetic folic acid is widely prescribed for pregnant.

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      Oh please. Some people have had some level of DNA alignment and have then realised they have nothing to do with each other. Life long friends, but no relation.
      At best this feature is like Tinder.

      In relation to analysis of genetic diseases, it is useful but don't forget that they got this information from researching others' DNA. Good awareness though.

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      Also useful to put to rest all jokes about your kids similarities to your neighbour.

  • +9 votes

    Kinda like Google Home, we're paying someone to hold our data and use it!

  • +11 votes

    No I don't think this is ever a good idea. They take your DNA and possibly sell that information to 3rd parties like health insurance companies.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40045942
    https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/10/what-dna-testing-companie...
    https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/what-you-re-givin...
    https://thinkprogress.org/ancestry-com-takes-dna-ownership-r...

    They released some statement about changing their privacy terms but they always reserve the right to change it whenever they want without notifying you.

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      They did clarify some things at a later date: https://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2017/05/21/setting-the-r...

      To quote:

      First, we very clearly state that AncestryDNA does not “claim ownership rights in the DNA that is submitted for testing.” You own your DNA; this sentence helps make it clear that nothing we do takes, or has ever taken, that ownership from you.
      
      Second, we’re clear that because you are owner of your DNA, we need you to grant us a license to your data so that we can provide our products and services to you and our other users, as well as develop new products and services. You can revoke this right at any time by requesting we delete your data or your account.
      
      Third, we explicitly state that we will not share your genetic data with employers, insurance providers or third party marketers without first getting your consent. We already follow this procedure, but this language makes our commitment to you explicit.
      
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        They use your DNA. They have your DNA.

        They use it for 'good' purposes mainly, but that doesn't mean it isn't passed around a bit. As you would expect of course. Wouldn't have got this far without researching DNA.

  • +1 vote

    AncestryDNA kit $99.00
    Standard Shipping $29.99
    Total $128.99

    Ensure you use a foreign currency credit card like ING or 28degrees. Else likely to get foreign currency charges, even though you are paying in $AUD.

    Payment processed in the United States.

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    Similarly, I was looking into Michael Mosley’s Healthy Guts Diet and looking to get a Poop Test 💩

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      too subtle - try shitty idea - pay for a test with the results being sold on endlessly to whoever wants them. Feds of course get them free.

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      Just poo into the spit tube

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    I read an article where they sent a sample to several of these DNA test companies, came with different ethnicity each.

    the genetic disease markers might be interesting though.

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    Whenever I see these DNA things I always remind myself that no matter how cool it sounds, there is such a thing as a Biological Patent of DNA structures in some countries and so I say, NO THANKS.

  • +10 votes

    If you're from Tasmania, I'd highly recommend incestry.com.au instead

  • +5 votes

    The information provided by Ancestry (and others) re analysis of your DNA & your ethnic background etc is not very accurate and has a bias to showing you are probably of Anglo/American/Northern European background.

    However having your DNA report means you can if you choose upload to other study and research sites that give a more accurate analysis.

    I did my test along with a French born friend and the Ancestry reports indicated we were essentially from the same places like Ireland etc. which was totally incorrect. We both know much about most of our families back about 5-8 generations so could see the errors.

    Using DNA.LAND (a research effort involving the New York Genome Center and Columbia University) we found their analysis to be much more accurate, they even decided my friend was probably French. They have some good reports and relative matching as well.

    Other sites like Gedmatch.com, wikitree.com etc can provide good information and relative matching should you choose to use them. Sites like https://promethease.com for a small fee analyses your DNA against the SNPedia database of gene related medical conditions. Probably not a good idea if you are hypochondriac :) .

    I suspect in the not too distant future certain governments around the world will insist on getting your DNA if you wish to travel there/work etc. It's a sure way to identify terrorists and others who may annoy governments. Many are already building DNA databases for law enforcement.

    The tests that cost thousands only a few years back are now $100 or so and even more accurate. Handheld DNA scanners cannot be far off.

    The only caution about relative matching is you may find out some family secrets that some don't want exposed, figures differ but I have read 2% of children may not have the biological parent or parents they thought they had. The British medical journal Lancet says it's 1 in 30.

    France bans DNA testing for paternity but 15,000 French men a year get it tested anyway via Spain, Switzerland and other places.

  • +2 votes

    "Consumer DNA testing saw unprecedented public demand in 2017.

    By one estimate, 10 million genetic tests were conducted on individuals by companies such as AncestryDNA.

    People using these services may not realise that the real money for some of these companies could lie in the sale of genetic data to third parties for medical research.

    A 23andMe board member reportedly explained this in 2013:

    'The long game here is not to make money selling kits … once you have the data, [the company] does actually become the Google of personalised health care.' "

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-23/cryptocurrency-for-sel...

  • +3 votes

    I come from a long line of Ozbargainers

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    Never researched on this DNA game. As an Indian (South Asian), would ancestory.com be suitable or is it mainly for Euro based ethnicities?

    • +1 vote

      From what I have read, Ancestry seems to have more of a Euro based database than Asian.

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