Thursday, 14 June 2018

Heredity or hoax?

quote [ When Louis Côté became suspicious about a lab that tests DNA ancestry for a self-proclaimed Indigenous group, he sent a sample from his dog. He was told his chihuahua had Abenaki and Mohawk ancestry. ]

Just go and then shout it out loud
[SFW] [science & technology] [+9 WTF]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:13amGMT]


Dienes said @ 3:44pm GMT on 14th Jun [Score:1 Interesting]
There's a reason why the dog DNA tests often ask for a picture of your dog, and why the ancestry tests often ask you to provide a statement as to your family's background or what you are hoping to find out.

This reminds me of the time they showed dog x-rays to chiropractors, who confidently identified them as human skeletons and listed all the adjustments that needed to be made.

avid said @ 6:36pm GMT on 14th Jun
Why are they discounting that the dogs may have Aboriginal ancestry? Seems like a simple explanation.
mechanical contrivance said @ 7:09pm GMT on 14th Jun
One of the dogs is a French poodle, so it shouldn't have any North American DNA.
Morris Forgot his Password said @ 7:41pm GMT on 14th Jun
They also do really accurate paternity tests
zarathustra said @ 7:47pm GMT on 14th Jun
Just thinking that, given some recent articles about using such services to track third party matches, it might be a good idea for criminals to preemptively get fake DNA profiles done.
LurkerAtTheGate said[1] @ 8:14pm GMT on 14th Jun
It'd be considerably easier to track me down if you had my cat's DNA on file. His fur somehow gets on new clothes before they arrive at my house.
zarathustra said @ 8:36pm GMT on 14th Jun
He's setting you up.
mechanical contrivance said @ 8:37pm GMT on 14th Jun
The bomb.
Menchi said @ 11:25pm GMT on 14th Jun
What you meow?!
JWWargo said @ 1:28am GMT on 15th Jun
You know what you doing.

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