DNA news -- The Legal Genealogist and Ancestry.com weigh in on a recent controversy & MyHeritage is running a father's day contest
Here are a couple of DNA news items relevant to genealogists …
(1) Recently there was a bit of controversy over an article published regarding Ancestry.com DNA testing whose intent seems to have been to alarm users and potential users of such DNA testing. As always, The Legal Genealogist (Judy G. Russell) responded with a well-thought out article where she talks about the FACTS of the issue in her usual straightforward manner. Please read her article, With all due respect.
It’s not that everything said in the article was wrong; to the contrary, much of it is absolutely right. It’s more that perfectly ordinary facts are presented in alarmist terms, as if they were new or surprising or unusual when they’re none of those things.
Additionally, AncestryDNA responded via Setting the Record Straight: Ancestry and Your DNA.
The article is inflammatory and inaccurate, and contains wild scenarios of the “did you know [insert scary hypothetical]” variety. If you don’t read our terms, and don’t spend a lot of time with our products and services, you might find this article alarming. So, let me try set the record straight by sharing some of the basic principles that guide everything we do at Ancestry.
We do always need to read and understand Terms of Service provisions and we do always need to seek the facts and hopefully an unbiased interpretation of said, as we make decisions. And, we need to be cautious before embracing and sharing the aspersions cast by others, especially when not factually accurate.
(2) On a completely different note, MyHeritage is running a Father Look-alike Competition where you can win a MyHeritage DNA Kit.
Have you heard all your life that you look exactly like your father? Do you have any photos of yourself and of your dad that make you do a double-take? We want to see the uncanny resemblances between the two of you, and we’re offering one lucky winner the chance to win a MyHeritage DNA kit!
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