Author- Maria Santana
Is there something fishy about AncestryDNA, 23andme or is it just me? The more commercials I see, or ads of the product show up on my social media networks, it becomes more suspicious. I can understand why people want to buy these DNA kits. Sometimes one grows up hearing fascinating or mere ordinary stories of their ancestors, origins or associations with significant people or events in history. These kits can provide a story that no one may not know of.
There have been countless articles written by reputable news agencies interviewing those who have bought these genealogical kits. I have wondered what would happen to their DNA sample. If these private entities will collect genetic data of its users and sell it to other private companies. These insurance companies and employment agencies can and would buy this information to employers that can lead to discriminatory practices. My concern is bigger than privacy but more about the hidden intent behind these kits.
Has anyone wondered what would be the purpose of DNA kits to exist? It has to be more than discovering familial origins. Is it to push the narrative of coexistence? As far as I can remember the United Nations and the European Union, through their names themselves, intend on pushing this oneness with one another through international law and globalization. This oneness sounds great but the reality is much more grim than that. John Lennon's Imagine song is idealistic and can never be achieved. Not every segment of the world's population is willing to coexist peacefully but elaborating on that would require another article. But these DNA kits are fetishizing being ethnically mixed. Oh do not mind me I am just being a conspiracy whacko and maybe it is just a marketing ploy?
According to AncestryDNA website, its purpose of their genetic kits is to 'Unlock your story of your family DNA. Your DNA can reveal your ethnic mix and ancestors you never knew you had. Try AncestryDNA, and get a new view of what makes you uniquely you.' This for profit and private company was established in 1983 by Paul B. Allen and Dan Taggart and is a Fortune 500 company. Globalist.
In 23andMe, the website states that ‘23andMe is the first and only genetic service available directly to you that includes reports that meet FDA standards for clinical and scientific validity. 23andMe was founded in 2006 by was founded by Caroline Wojcicki, ex wife of Sergey Brin, founder of Google to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. We have more than one million genotyped customers around the world. Globalist.
I know that the DNA kits are different but one can say that AncestryDNA has a more effective advertising and marketing strategy than 23andme. Go on Google and research terms like genealogy, ancestry, DNA, or anything related to that and AncestryDNA would be the first to come up or the most results given.
These are some of the AncestryDNA commercials that I can recall from the top . The first commercial was a guy believing the guy was German but was Scottish. He said that he had to trade the lederhosen in for a kilt. There was another guy who thought he was 100 percent Italian and discovered that he had Eastern European. The commercial did not indicate it but the flag representing that nation was Croatian. There was a lady who had African ancestry and was happy to know she had Nigerian ancestry and wore a gele to demonstrate her pride.
I have interviewed a few people who have purchased DNA kits from AncestryDNA and 23andme and asked them a few questions in regards to their concerns about losing their rights to their DNA.
Phong, a college student in his early twenties just received his results from 23andme. I asked him about him being concerned about his results being sold to second and third parties and his response was that it would not surprise him. He does agree with me that these DNA kits are all part of creating this oneness through celebrating diversity but at the same time using these kits to tie everyone together.
The popularity of genetic testing is on the rise but those familiar with marketing will make us understand why. I personally have not had the time to conduct research or enough interviews to gather information. Please keep what was stated in this article in mind the next time you consider buying a kit. I mean is it really that necessary to know whether or not you have Cherokee in you?