She wrote the company a nasty letter informing them they'd made a mistake.But she talked to her sister, and they agreed she should test again. GENETIC REVOLUTIONWe are only just beginning to grapple with what it means to cheaply and easily uncover our genetic heritage.Collins, a widower, was unable to care for his three children and sent them to live in orphanages. After a few weeks during which her saliva was analysed, she got an email in the summer of 2012 with a link to her results. About half of Plebuch's DNA results presented the mixed British Isles bloodline she expected.The other half picked up an unexpected combination of European Jewish, Middle Eastern and Eastern European. It was the early days of direct-to-consumer DNA testing, and Ancestry.com's test was new.IMPORTANT - PICTURES ARE ALLOWED ON THIS SITEDon't waste your time or ours posting web finds / copyrighted images as they will be deleted, and perhaps your profile too.A DNA test upended a US woman's identity and led her on a complex hunt for answers.
The company no longer provides data on surprise results.
If the information Plebuch was seeing on her computer screen was correct, it posed a fundamental mystery about her very identity. Over the past five years, as the price of DNA testing kits has dropped and their quality has improved, the phenomenon of "recreational genomics" has taken off.
It meant one of her parents wasn't who he or she was supposed to be - and, by extension, neither was she. According to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy, nearly eight million people worldwide, but mostly in the United States, have tested their DNA through kits, typically costing 0 or less, from such companies as 23and Me, and Family Tree DNA.
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