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Re: DNA Ancestry/Ethnicity test results

Unread postby lightnight » 2 May 2019, 18:59

Eryx wrote:
lightnight wrote:[...] for less rich regions of the world like mine whose people can't afford to enhance their database's resolving power, we're just roped into 90% 'South Asian' and that's not nearly as specific or interesting as 0.03% north western <insert nationality name>.
I don't think that's it. Obviously it's going to be more interesting for "New Worlders" to use these services. Asians like the Japanese and the Korean don't really like mixing with other peoples, so they're going to get obvious results. Places like the Philippines and Africa probably aren't the right market for it either, because their cultures are very firm and people don't immigrate there often. However, for Americans (and I mean the broader American continent, not just US citizens) it's super interesting to see what comes up. I'd extend that to Australia and New Zealand, maybe South Africa, but no place on Earth has seen more miscegenation than the American continent, so people want to see those effects.

See that's the thing... Because South Asia is a poor region where most people haven't heard of at home genetic testing like this, people outside of it don't realize how mixed and diverse it is, how frequent and various the foreign interactions there have been etc. Some regions in South Asia were definitely remote, but the others like Afghanistan or northwestern Pakistan (which in most New Worlders minds are both in the Middle East) were almost always involved in foreign invasions and foreign trade from different areas of the world. China and Japan really can't be considered to be a part of the subcontinent that is South Asia, but it's a very common mistake.
In any case, if more people from South Asia could access these services (and I know they would love to because a lot of people here are obsessed about castes and purity of lineage here, which is why I really hope these tests don't become common), the data set would probably become larger and the classification according to current borders would probably be fine-tuned more.

Eryx wrote:The privacy issue is valid but I don't see it as relevant for everyday people. Unless one is interested in becoming a criminal, that kind of data is unimportant and won't affect me.


Giving up your genetic data to a private entity doesn't just mean it will be useful in catching criminals, it means it can also be sold to whoever they like, or used to develop whatever products they might want to create/exploit the demand for and sell. Who knows what new kinds of biological weapons can be created that can only target certain people based on their genetic data? We know from history that most technology that we use in consumer products today was initially developed for warfare purposes anyway. I think if we don't know the full consequences of giving up some data we don't have to give up, it should be more alarming than if we know more about how it is going to be used.
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Re: DNA Ancestry/Ethnicity test results

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 4 May 2019, 15:53

Elizabeth Warren is .0005 Cherokee so she knows what those people go through and can relate to them.
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Re: DNA Ancestry/Ethnicity test results

Unread postby Derek » 4 May 2019, 23:01

lightnight wrote:Giving up your genetic data to a private entity doesn't just mean it will be useful in catching criminals, it means it can also be sold to whoever they like, or used to develop whatever products they might want to create/exploit the demand for and sell. Who knows what new kinds of biological weapons can be created that can only target certain people based on their genetic data?

Like a giant laser that makes people 8% more susceptible to sickle cell anemia? Or a genetically engineered pathogen that reduces vitamin D production?
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