Mann warns against sending DNA samples to Ancestry.com

DNA testing is very common these days. With advanced technology, people can trace their ancestors and family tree. However, what happens if you don’t use a DNA testing company and your family tree is still traced? A man went viral on TikTok after warning his followers against sending their DNA to random DNA testing companies.

The video shows user Max Masin (@maxipadawan) stitching together a video posted by @danisha.carter.

“Thinking about sending your saliva in a test tube to a company you’ve never heard of to trace your family history?” @danisha.carter asks. This prompts Masin to respond to the sting about his own experiences with DNA companies.

He begins by saying he “dealed in acting for eight years” in Los Angeles and that five years ago he landed an appearance for a demo for a DNA celebrity game show where you guess which contestant is related to the celebrity is.

Although Courteney Cox and David Arquette were the celebrity guests, Masin immediately assumed the show was fake because he never submitted his DNA. He then says he was “chosen” in front of everyone during the rules explanation.

“We have all your DNA. Max, we only have the test of your immediate family,” claims Masin, the manager said. This meant the show had the DNA of his mother, father and sister. moral of the story? “Your DNA is probably in a database somewhere,” Masin concludes.

@maxipadawan #stitch with @danisha.carter Read the fine print before you spit #DNA #family #genetics #familyhistory #gameshow ♬ Technically missing – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

During an interview with The Daily Dot, Masin shared that Ancestry.com was the DNA company doing this and explained why he didn’t participate in the sampling.

“I never got around to doing mine — I’d like to claim because I worried about the consequences — but the honest answer is that it felt like homework and I’ve always been bad at it,” Masin wrote via email. Mail. “My parents voluntarily sent in their samples – they were very tempted by the advertising at the time – so after the tests they sent my sister and I a kit to fill in.”

This event altogether discouraged Masin from participating in the DNA sampling.

“Since then I’ve been quite reluctant to submit DNA to such companies – not necessarily because of the risks, but it just seems unnecessary given that all of my immediate family and many of my extended family have submitted their DNA,” he said.

Additionally, Masin added that the show never had a name, only the channel on which it would air.

“I don’t think they had a name for the show yet – but they pitched it to NBCUniversal I suppose – considering it was taking place on their premises,” he explained.

The video has amassed 2 million views since it was posted on Wednesday, which resonated with viewers as they shared their fears about DNA testing.

“It’s scary,” said one viewer.

“That’s why I was angry when my dad made 23 and me. this is also my general information!!” commented a second.

“I find it annoying to know that even if I don’t, I can’t stop a company from having my DNA because a family member did,” agreed a third.

Some even pointed out the dangers of DNA testing.

“But they can sell your information to insurance companies and if you have some risks in your DNA it could increase the price of insurance,” one wrote.

“I’m very concerned about the future impact of DNA databases…health insurance springs to mind,” reiterated another.

On the other hand, others might care less about companies having their DNA for various reasons.

“Ancestry is how I found my father so they could clone me and I wouldn’t care,” one person said.

“So true. That’s how they found the Golden State Killer! I think it’s about like over 99% of the population can now be identified with these sites,” said a second.

“It’s like if you don’t allow apps to access your contacts, it doesn’t matter. If someone you know does this, they still have your information,” wrote a third party.

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*Initial publication: December 10, 2022 2:18 pm CST

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