Saturday, January 16, 2010

He should get a re-vote

Snoop Dogg is shocked by some DNA results taken for the Lopez Tonight show, which indicated he was 6% European, and 23% Native American.
"We got to have a re-vote, this ain't right," said the 38-year-old.
According to Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, in a Huffington Post article from back in December, the test the Lopez Tonight show is using is outdated, and often inaccurate. There is a newer test that is more accurate. So, Snoop Dogg ought to get his re-vote. (As should Larry David, from back in December.)


I'm not too interested in this test. Instead of testing your mt-DNA or Y chromosome origins, it tries to compute the percentages of nationalities in your personal genetic makeup. As I understand it, even if 100% accurate (which even the newer test isn't), it's not testing your ancestral heritage. Some may recall from genetics discussions in school that due to recessive and dominant genes, you might get more than half of your genes from your mother or father. It's not an even split. Over the generations, the difference is multiplied. Whole parts of your family tree may be missing in your genes, but present in your siblings or cousins, while they're missing other parts.

Some may be interested in knowing which parts they got, but if I am correct in my understanding, it doesn't really interest me.

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