DNA traits, 300 gauges and other fiction

by | April 4, 2017 3:22 am

Last Updated: April 2, 2017 at 11:26 pm

Hey! Have you seen the commercials about getting your DNA checked? You swab the inside of your mouth and send in a sample and you can find out all kinds of things. You can find out where your ancestors came from and what kind of traits you have. By traits, the report should tell you what kind of food you would eat and whether or not you can run fast. I don’t know about you but I cry, “Bull” to all of that.
One of the ads, claims that a person is from everywhere from India to Western Europe to Oklahoma. That person should run fast, drink coffee and speak Italian. Are you kidding me? I don’t believe any of that is true. Your ancestors may have come from Russia but that doesn’t have anything to do with whether or not you would drink vodka.
Take a look at any family you know. The environment you live in determines many things. You think? That’s not even true either. Both my parents drank coffee but I never liked the taste of it. That might have been different had my parents made me drink coffee everyday. That would probably not be in my DNA in any way.
Wonder how long these habits or characteristics would take to develop had your ancestors come from a country of fast runners? Just because you have traces of characteristics from several countries in Europe, why don’t you speak four languages?
I’m not knocking someone wanting to learn about his or her family tree. I just don’t think we should over exaggerate what this report will tell us.
Exaggeration is a just part of the advertising process.
If exaggeration helps, “Go for it.”
I recently heard a speaker talking about flying a jet. She proudly proclaimed that her jet had 300 gauges in it.
“Just imagine going 400 mph and having 300 gauges to look at.”
“Now imagine that it is night.”
That sounds really neat but that doesn’t mean she can run fast. What it actually means is we all like to exaggerate. In an airplane, there might be a lot of gauges but you don’t look at them all at once. The gauges are still there whether you are going 200 or 300.
It doesn’t matter whether it is day or night. It is just a little exaggeration to help with the talk. Think of all the books in your house. You don’t have to read them all at
once. Let’s just exaggerate about things just a little.
The purpose of all this is to sell more products. Think of all the things you could learn from getting your DNA tested. The jet pilot would be an interesting speaker for your meeting.
All of this exaggeration might not be a lie. I certainly don’t want to say that. All I’m saying is that some ads stretch the validity of a statement.
Some exaggerations are just a little too much.
Three-hundred gauges are probably exaggerated a lot. How can we be sure that the DNA report is correct? You see the point. My favorite exaggeration is doing something a million times.
That should show that we have a lot of experience. Instead it just shows that we exaggerate. A million times does show lots of experience. That is doing something once a day for 2,700 years. That’s a lot no matter where your ancestors are from.

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  1. Comment by Deborah Metzger

    April 4, 2017 at 07:28

    I enjoy your columns.


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