The popularity of home DNA testing and the ability to create cheap websites has allowed disreputable companies to scam consumers wanting to know their origins. Here is one DNA testing scam exposed.
DNA testing is fascinating. After reading the Seven Daughters of Eve by Brian Sykes over a decade ago, I couldn’t wait for it to be affordable. In 2015, I had a test by DNA Ancesetry Project, which was expensive but incredibly informative. It helped me understand the whole subject better, which I greatly value.
Since then I have seen friends’ Ancestry and 23andme test results, which covered areas mine didn’t cover. Reading books by pioneers in DNA testing and genetics by Professor of Genetics at Harvard, David Reich and Pääbo Svante I heard how the Neanderthal genome had been identified and how contamination of samples could easily occur.
The results from one company with two names in particular are extremely mystifying. They are all the same for 4 different individuals. The same top three gene pools are displayed in the same order with the same parts of the world listed as smaller gene pools.
Firstly, the following information is taken from hindsight and is exactly what I wanted to find before I fell for a scam. With foresight, GPS Origins and Home DNA (same company) promised to give a deeper and longer history into my origins than its competitors.
The first thing that hooked me in were ‘fake news’ editorial websites that were selling the various home DNA tests. They had the big ones, Ancestry, 23andMe, LivingDNA and MyHeritageDNA and some others. Here’s a review with samples from each one with a test subject who already knew his ethnicity on Nanalyze.
GPS Origins, as it was presented, intrigued me. It promised an actual migration route of my ancestors. Various websites provided reviews and ratings including Top10Reviews, DNATestingChoice, Top10 and their offshoot Top10BestDNATesting. This last one has the same icon as Top10.com, which suggests these URLs are simply to sell DNA tests for the less reputable companies. They have two nefarious agendas: to mine and sell your data and to pretend to give you information about DNA testing kits. DNA testing company pay to appear on these sites. For example, DNATestingchoice invites companies to have their test listed but doesn’t interact with consumers.
There are two articles I have found via Google in amongst all the sham ones. One is by Dieter Holger writing for PC World and another by Nanalyze. These give you a genuine review of GPS Origins and other testing kits. I wish I had read these, not all the fake review sites.
Are We All Related?
See below how my results are the same (considering this is supposed to be my male and female lines) as these three, two independent reviews and one fake news site.