Are Home DNA Kits Really Accurate? Jeff Rossen Investigates With Identical Triplet Sisters | TODAY

Are Home DNA Kits Really Accurate? Jeff Rossen Investigates With Identical Triplet Sisters | TODAY


>>>WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.>>>WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.
THIS MORNING ON “ROSSEN THIS MORNING ON “ROSSEN REPORTS,” POPULAR DNA TESTS THAT
CLAIM TO TELL YOU WHERE YOUREHAT CLAIM TO TELL YOU WHERE YOURE
FROM. FROM. BUT THE QUESTION IS, HOW BUT THE QUESTION IS, HOW ACCURATE ARE THOSE? ACCURATE ARE THOSE?>>I WANT TO KNOW THE ANSWER TO>>I WANT TO KNOW THE ANSWER TO THOSE. THOSE. AND INVESTIGATIVE CORRESPONDENT AND INVESTIGATIVE CORRESPONDENT JEFF ROZSSEN IS HERE TO ANSWER JEFF ROZSSEN IS HERE TO ANSWER THAT. THAT.>>Reporter: WE TESTED THEM OUT.>>Reporter: WE TESTED THEM OUT. THE DNA TESTS ARE INCREDIBLY
POPULAR.TESTS ARE INCREDIBLY POPULAR. AROUND THE HOLIDAYS, PEOPLE ARE
BUYING THEM AS GIFTS.PEOPLE ARE BUYING THEM AS GIFTS.
A FAST AND EASY WAY TO FIND OUT A FAST AND EASY WAY TO FIND OUT WHERE YOU CAME FROM.
ARE THEY REALLY ACCURATE. ARE THEY REALLY ACCURATE.
THIS MORNING, BEFORE YOU BUY THIS MORNING, BEFORE YOU BUY THEM, WE ARE PUTTING THREE
POPULAR BRANDS TO THE TEST. POPULAR BRANDS TO THE TEST.
>>A SIMPLE TEST WILL TELL YOU>>A SIMPLE TEST WILL TELL YOU
YOUR ETHNIC ORIGINS. YOUR ETHNIC ORIGINS.
>>Reporter: THE CLAIMS ARE>>Reporter: THE CLAIMS ARE
BOLD. BOLD.>>YOULL LEARN ABOUT YOUR>>YOULL LEARN ABOUT YOUR ANCESTRY — ANCESTRY –>>Reporter: UNLOCK YOUR FAMILY
HISTORY.ter: UNLOCK YOUR FAMILY HISTORY. TRACE YOUR ROOTS.
ALL FROM A DO-IT-YOURSELF KIT ALL FROM A DO-IT-YOURSELF KIT
THAT GETS SENT TO YOUR HOME. THAT GETS SENT TO YOUR HOME. TO SEE IF THEY WORK, WERE
TRYING THEM OUT, USING IDENTICAL TRYING THEM OUT, USING IDENTICAL
TRIPLETS FROM CALIFORNIA, KALEY, TRIPLETS FROM CALIFORNIA, KALEY,
KELSEY AND CORY. KELSEY AND CORY.
UNLIKE REMEMBER SIBLINGS, THEY UNLIKE REMEMBER SIBLINGS, THEY
SHARE THE EXACT DNA. SHARE THE EXACT DNA.
WERE GOING TO TEST ANCESTRY. WERE GOING TO TEST ANCESTRY.
WERE GOING TO START WITH WERE GOING TO START WITH ANCESTRY
ANCESTRY. ANCESTRY.
23 AND ME. 23 AND ME.
AND MY HERITAGE DNA. AND MY HERITAGE DNA. YOURE IDENTICAL TRIPLETS.
WITHIN EACH COMPANY, THEY SHOULD WITHIN EACH COMPANY, THEY SHOULD
BE THE SAME. BE THE SAME.
AND BETWEEN THE COMPANIES THEY AND BETWEEN THE COMPANIES THEY
SHOULD BE. SHOULD BE.
>>LETS DO IT.>>LETS DO IT.
>>Reporter: FIRST UP, ANCESTRY>>Reporter: FIRST UP, ANCESTRY
DNA. DNA. YOU HAVE TO SPIT INTO IT, UP TO
THE LINE, FILLED WITH SPIT.P TO THE LINE, FILLED WITH SPIT.
THEY FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS TO A THEY FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS TO A
TEE. TEE. FILLING THE TEST TUBES WITH
SALIVA AND PACKING THE SAMPLES. SALIVA AND PACKING THE SAMPLES.
NEXT UP, 23 AND ME. NEXT UP, 23 AND ME.
>>MORE SPITTING.>>MORE SPITTING.
>>A KIT YOU CAN BUY FROM THE>>A KIT YOU CAN BUY FROM THE
PHARMACY. PHARMACY.>>Reporter: YOU HAVE TO FILL IT>>Reporter: YOU HAVE TO FILL IT UP TO THE FILL LINE.
THEY SPIT AND SPIT AND SEAL THIS THEY SPIT AND SPIT AND SEAL THIS
ONE UP, TOO. ONE UP, TOO.
ON TO THE LAST KIT, MY HERITAGE ON TO THE LAST KIT, MY HERITAGE
DNA. DNA. THIS TEST WANTS THEM TO SWAB THE THIS TEST WANTS THEM TO SWAB THE INSIDE OF THEIR CHEEKS.
FIRST THE LEFT CHEEK AND THE FIRST THE LEFT CHEEK AND THE
RIGHT. RIGHT. SEALING THEM UP.
ALL OF THE SAMPLES READY TO BE ALL OF THE SAMPLES READY TO BE
SHIPPED. SHIPPED.>>IM GOING TO SEND THESE AWAY.
>>OKAY, BY JEFF.ND THESE AWAY.>>OKAY, BY JEFF.
>>Reporter: WE PLANNED THAT.>>Reporter: WE PLANNED THAT.
WEEKS LATER, I HEAD BACK TO WEEKS LATER, I HEAD BACK TO
CALIFORNIA WITH THE RESULTS. CALIFORNIA WITH THE RESULTS.
YOU READY FOR THIS? YOU READY FOR THIS?
>>SO READY.>>SO READY.
>>Reporter: SINCE THEYRE>>Reporter: SINCE THEYRE
IDENTICAL, ALL OF THE RESULTS IDENTICAL, ALL OF THE RESULTS
SHOULD COME BACK THE SAME. SHOULD COME BACK THE SAME.
STARTING US OFF, ANCESTRY DNA. STARTING US OFF, ANCESTRY DNA.
YOU HAVE DIFFERENT LAST NAMES. YOU HAVE DIFFERENT LAST NAMES.
THEY HAD NO WAY OF KNOWING YOU THEY HAD NO WAY OF KNOWING YOU
WOULD BE RELATED. WOULD BE RELATED.
DNA MATCH. DNA MATCH.
FOR EACH ONE OF YOU, IT GAVE THE FOR EACH ONE OF YOU, IT GAVE THE
OTHER TWO NAMES. OTHER TWO NAMES.
IT WORKED. IT WORKED.
>>ALL RIGHT.>>ALL RIGHT.
>>Reporter: YOU WANT ME TO>>Reporter: YOU WANT ME TO
BREAK IT DOWN FURTHER FOR YOU? BREAK IT DOWN FURTHER FOR YOU?
>>YEAH.>>YEAH.

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    Kaempfer M

    What if you live in a freezing climate (like I do) and drop your DNA off in the mailbox? Won’t my DNA freeze and affect the results?

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    Prowler Cam

    For the life of me, I cannot think of a single reason why I would want my dna tested. Also another show did this same thing not too long ago and the results were anything but accurate.

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    qbert369

    No thanks. Government and pharma are using these records people send. You're basically paying a company for other people to have access to your DNA.

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    pierusofpella

    To everybody: the colloquial use of the term “identical” when referencing multiples (twins, triplets, etc.), it doesn’t mean that they all look exactly alike. The term is a replacement for “homozygous,” which means that all of the individuals derived from a single zygote. During the few cell stages of development, one or more of the cells experience a slight genetic change, enough for those cells to be rejected by the rest, but still perfectly viable. The cells, after being sloughed off of the zygote, re-implant onto the uterine wall and develop into new individuals. Near, but not exact clones. Depending on the proximity of the re-implantation, they may or may not share the same amnion. In the days before genetics, single or multiple amnions defined “identical” vs “fraternal” multiples. Now it’s determined by genetics. A near match is homozygous, and a roughly 50-80% match is heterozygous, and are essentially just regular siblings who happen to share the same uterus. That the mainstream news media still uses identical vs fraternal, shows their ignorance and stupidity. The women in their report were homozygous triplets. They are genetically more diverse than Dolly the sheep was from the sheep that provided the cells that Dolly was cloned from. But in all but the most detailed genetic tests, they will show a 100% match. If you did a complete genome map of each of those triplets (using advanced DNA sequencing), you would find the differences.

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    Rob Watson

    Seemed more like a commercial for these 3 products and as far as I know “British” isn’t even a test result. It’s either Celtic or English not British.

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    Alissa Kcd

    How can triplet be identical! Only twins or quadruplets, sixtuplets etc can be identical ! The egg can split in two but not in three! In the case of triplets there are two identical and one fraternal

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    robert walton

    Anyone dumb enough to give DNA to strangers AND pay for it needs a different kind of testing altogether !! You have no idea who these people are or who they work for. For all you know, it's a covert government agency building a DNA database covertly and you are paying for it !! Wakey wakey !!

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    Carissa Barden

    They actually wouldn’t be the same because each persons dna can take more or less of a certain dna. We are all completely unique especially in our dna. No two persons are alike! That is our God!

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    Darkenroom

    The comment section was all I needed to know that this was a publicity ploy and I won't bother looking at this scam. Next video please.

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    A Day in the Life of Autism, MS, & Other Stuff

    That's not exactly true….they are not truly identical. There will always be slight differences

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    Rust* Skull

    Quick question? The one that is pregnant does it need with her DNA code ? Like her body has to accept it to now create the babys? I was just wondering?

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    Anonoy Mus

    I took three different tests. They were all drastically different from eachother. With one claiming im part nigerian and Melanesian and the other claiming im part Siberian all while differing on the percentage amounts drastically. Can somebody explain?

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    Ahenkel36

    All marketing big corporation brainwashing scam If anybody doesn’t believe this is a big set up you really are the perfect American citizen

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    JUSTICE SEEKERSAMERICA

    DNA test worldwide by science has already proven every man woman and child on this planet is related!!!

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    Soccertz1

    All that was was a commercial advertisment for dna test companys. Who cares if they matched identical…that part was easy. What I want to see is the percentage breakdown for each country. Yes they are part middle eastern but what % are each one.

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    Alan Follett

    I took one of those tests once. Turns out I’m 4% pepperoni. I knew I should have brushed my teeth before using the swab!

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    Robert Rodgers

    Dishonest! Those test have in fact been debunked! The Today Show must have been paid to lie… or they are up to they typical dishonesty. Either way, this is just another good reason NOT to trust anything said on the Today Show.

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    Chris Gordon

    Well, I adopted is my wife's BIO daughter. She sent in her "Spit" into AncestryDNA. It came back to her saying "RB is your biological father. His children are your 1/2 siblings.

    RB's family isn't happy about the "Family Secret" getting out but "RB's" Signature is on the adoption papers.

    AncestryDNA testing. The worst thing that ever happened to family secrets in the whole wide world.

    So much for accuracy.

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    Mag Nificent

    No, they do not share the exact DNA – women retain bits of DNA from men they're had relations with & children they've carried in their wombs

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    Ann M.

    I sent four mine and my granddaughter was on the first page and my nephew was on the second person and then it goes down 1,500 people that were my relatives. Show my new and some I didn't know so it is accurate.

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    Ann M.

    Mine was to ancestry.com and what it did it showed my family coming over from Europe, which I know cuz I've already did and did my genealogy. Then it showed my family and Massachusetts, Conn., Ohio, Iowa and Colorado just like I have. Two strands went into California which are my first cousins. Is very accurate from there.

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    Joanna Matijevich

    These DNA kits are a crock of bull and the results are never accurate. They will con you into believing something that is not true.

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    Pennywise The Clown

    Do you care. Didn't think so. Know Why? Because you just paid someone in the Shadow Government $80.00 to give them your DNA Profile, I wonder what decisions are being made with the results? Some kind of Nightmare Genetic Cleansing Agenda? New World Order 1984 has just taken 35 years longer to implement than predicted. There is still time, but not much.

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    Giovanni Bivona

    The fact that they did not go on the websites of the three companies, and compared ancestry percentages between the triplets makes me feel skeptical.

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    G G

    I did the dna test and it came back that I’m related to Jeffrey Dahmer so now I have mailman on the grill in the yard and I’m seasoning my neighbor using a recipe by Gordon Ramsay

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    Makato Bae

    Both of my sisters took a test and got 2 diffrent results. We all have the same parents, that's impossible.

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    Horizon

    This is just cataloging humans…enjoy giving up the last thing that separates you from another. Paid promotion propaganda! America, communism, Watch people. Watch. Read the signs.

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    Wayne Rowe

    The math simply doesn't hold up. Even if the triplets are not exact duplicates, they have billions of strands of DNA, so if 99.6% of their DNA is identical, the odds are they would need to run thousands of tests to find just one result that differs from the others. They got significantly different results on all three tests. If those results were honest they achieved odds more unlikely than one person winning the powerball lottery three times in a row. 
    CBC Marketplace sent the DNA of twins to 5 different companies. A much better and unbiased study than a Today show advertorial. https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/dna-ancestry-kits-twins-marketplace-1.4980976

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    Ansley W

    They actually aren't suppose to be the same. I hate how he says that. Everyones dna is different, even identical twins. My mom and her twin took a dna test and got allmost same results. But not exact.

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    Elspeth Graham

    I'm happy for them.

    Not so happy for me. I tested my DNA through Ancestry DNA. The first results from almost 3 years ago were great, quite accurate when compared to my family tree. However, an update came along later on. Instead of being 85% Scandinavian, 11% Irish/Welsh/Scottish, 3% English, 1% Iberian (the same as my family tree indicates and what I know to be true about my ancestors) —- I became 46% Swedish and 54% Norwegian. Nothing of my European heritage. I emailed AncestryDNA and asked about this discrepancy. They said this adjustment was made up of new information they had acquired through research of some such thing. They had the audacity to say that perhaps some members of my family were the results of an affair or perhaps that what is written down in my family tree is in error somehow. Perhaps one or two, but this is ridiculous. In the DNA matches with other people, I somehow acquired a 1st or 2nd cousin. I knew he wasn't a 1st cousin. I was definitely sure he was not a 2nd cousin. I contacted him and asked if he had any Scandinavian roots or family from the British Isles. No, he did not.

    I am very angry and ticked off at AncestryDNA. This has been an absolutely expensive waste of my time and money.

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    Niccolo Medici

    By the time the tubes arrive at the laboratory, there would be so many germs in it that the test results would show the ancestry of the germs instead!

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    Irene Max

    23 and me is a waste of money. You get Wikipedia-quality information about your ethnic group. Nothing remotely personal. It’s a scam.

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    Angela D

    Ancestry DNA was the most accurate according to what I knew about my family. It also assigned me to the correct communities: East Central Louisiana Acadians and Louisiana Creole’s and African Americans. There are also many other cool tools on that site. 23 and me was confusing and very vague. Heritage DNA didn’t make sense about my family and compared to Ancestry DNA. If you’re going to choose one, I recommend AncestryDNA.

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    rhetoricmonkey

    Could a grandfather, the father of a female who had a child, determine if he is the grandfather of said grand child? What if the daughter is missing and deceased? Was he actually the father of the deceased female? Maybe these tests are accurate for other reasons. Please help me explain why these test can determine ancestry, but one generation can not determine grand parentage.

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    Shirley lopez

    go to https://support.ancestry.com/s/ancestrydna theres a special this month on aug until..? for 69.00 dollars

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    donald johnson

    If your wife has a twin sister, and you sleep with her, is it really cheating since genetically they are the same person?

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    you tube

    and yet other source says otherwise Consumer protection groups are warning residents across Western Australia
    that packages containing DNA testing kits are part of an international mail scam. and this i believe it's all a scam

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