I dont know how many of you have noticed the number of adverts appearing online, and on Television here in the UK, which encourage people to submit a sample of their DNA to an online database in order to discover their ‘Roots’.
I have been suspicious of the motives behind this project since I first saw the ads appearing, and it now appears that a number of other websites have been digging a little deeper and have turned up some really interesting information.
My initial suspicions were that the results of this worldwide ‘experiment’ were going to be used to undermine people’s nationality and common identity, by determining that their ‘true ancestry’ consisted of any number of multi-ethnic strands.
The real purpose of this, I believe, is to persuade people, using the ‘infallible’ evidence of ones DNA profile, that they are of somehow ‘inferior’ stock, effectively a race of ‘Mongrels’ with no discernable common heritage.
Which could give the impression that as we are all (according to Ancestry.com) just disparate and rootless nomads, whose own ancestors also found their way to these shores from all over the planet, therefore we have no right to deny others (migrants) the same opportunity.
One website that has spent some time looking into this in some detail is Renegade Tribune, who have discovered not only the people who are behind this, but also that my initial suspicions were correct:
“One reason not to buy a DNA test from any company for the purpose of determining data about meta-racial makeup – thereby allowing it to influence one’s self-identity – is that all they are really doing is comparing a part of your genome to sample groups from certain regions of the world and in turn giving you estimates which vary from company to company. AncestryDNA is known for overestimating Scandinavian ancestry and being insensitive to amerindian admixture. They just compare your DNA to a limited sample group of people said to have deep historical roots in an area and then determine estimates concerning what part of the world your ancestors lived based on divergent respective algorithms.”
Not exactly pure science, and almost certainly will not supply a true, unbiased DNA result.
One of these DNA ‘kits’ will set you back around £75 if you are in the UK, with a further £20 handling/postage fee ($115.77), money which could be better spent doing your own online research, which these days is as easy as signing up to one of any number of Family History specialist websites …. which, in my experience is a far more reliable method of determining your ancestry.