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DustyDinkleman
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Are companies like “23 & Me” a scam?
I keep hearing ads on this during radio shows and have to wonder. This particular one says it will tell me what my genetics do. So like my “mosquito bite frequency” and if I get motion sickness.

Why would anyone need to send a spit sample into a website to tell them shite they already know?
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TDsngumbo
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re: Are companies like “23 & Me” a scam?
Only for criminals with a past to hide and a desire to know where they came from.
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Dead Man Walking
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re: Are companies like “23 & Me” a scam?
I did it and its kinda neat knowing a bunch of useless shite.


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LSU Fan SLU Grad
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re: Are companies like “23 & Me” a scam?
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Is companies like...


Come on man

ETA: Solid edit
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DustyDinkleman
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re: Are companies like “23 & Me” a scam?
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Come on man



I changed it grammar Nazi


TigersSEC2010
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re: Are companies like “23 & Me” a scam?
Scam? No.

Shady? Yes.


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Auslander
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re: Are companies like “23 & Me” a scam?
Why does it matter anymore? The government already has your fingerprint and facial recongition from your iphone.

What's a little spit gonna change now?


corndawg85
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re: Are companies like “23 & Me” a scam?
Another way for a company *cough* government to obtain and store your DNA for future use!
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TheEnglishman
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re: Are companies like “23 & Me” a scam?
No, definitely not a scam

YOu get an amazingly large amount of information generated from a high tech process for a small fee of 100 bucks.

I did it 9 years ago. Best 100 bucks i've spent. I am still going back and getting updates and finding new family.


DustyDinkleman
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re: Are companies like “23 & Me” a scam?
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The government already has your fingerprint and facial recongition from your iphone.



I’m not worried so much about the government getting my DNA (I have nothing to hide)

It’s really more baffling to me that I have to send in a vile of spit to tell me that I have motion sickness...which I already know


Dead Man Walking
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re: Are companies like “23 & Me” a scam?
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send in a vile of spit
I had to do it twice. They want a shite ton of spit.


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bad93ex
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re: Are companies like “23 & Me” a scam?
Can we first decide if they are trashy first?


OweO
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re: Are companies like “23 & Me” a scam?
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Why would anyone need to send a spot sample into a website to tell them shite they already know?


You mean what they already assume?

I did the Ancestry one along with other relatives (who I didn't know did it). When I got my results back it linked us together showing "this person is likely your 1st - 3rd cousin". One of my aunts did it and it show that "there is a 99% chance this person is your mother's sister".

My mom's side of the family thought they had native indian in them (not sure why), but everyone from that side of the family who did it.. Had no trace of native american in them..

I got some roots that trace back to the middle east and north Africa.


DustyDinkleman
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re: Are companies like “23 & Me” a scam?
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Can we first decide if they are trashy first?



This is the OT...of course it’s trashy


Ed Osteen
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re: Are companies like “23 & Me” a scam?
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It’s really more baffling to me that I have to send in a vile of spit to tell me that I have motion sickness...which I already know



you act like this is the only information you received. Did you not learn something about your genetics and ancestry?


bad93ex
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re: Are companies like “23 & Me” a scam?
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This is the OT...of course it’s trashy



Ok then, you may proceed


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mdomingue
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re: Are companies like “23 & Me” a scam?
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Why would anyone need to send a spot sample into a website to tell them shite they already know?



If you already know there is a genetic link for you, why would send them anything?

If you only know that you seem to be more prone but wonder if genetics may impact that, then you send them your spit. Some of us find that interesting enough to pay a small fee for that and our genetic background.

Perhaps you could find out if genetics drive your crappy posting skills.

I kid.


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bencoleman
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re: Are companies like “23 & Me” a scam?
If you call a company created with seed money from the government to con people into sending them their DNA samples a scam then yes. If not and you have no problem having your DNA shared with God knows who then no.


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DustyDinkleman
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re: Are companies like “23 & Me” a scam?
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Did you not learn something about your genetics and ancestry?



I haven’t partaken


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Dead Man Walking
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re: Are companies like “23 & Me” a scam?
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My mom's side of the family thought they had native indian in them (not sure why


Cause they thought there were benefits if they claimed Injun, just like Elizabeth Warren?


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