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The creepy truth behind determining your family's heritage through AncestryDNA

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The creepy truth behind determining your family's heritage through AncestryDNA
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Commercials tell consumers only what the company wants them to know. But when it comes to Ancestry.com's 'most advanced' DNA test, the TV advertisements have always left me scratching my head.

For $99, the AncestryDNA kit can unlock "deeply hidden answers in your family lines," according to the company's website. But what's the process behind determining someone's ethnic background and are these tests even accurate?

Based on AncestryDNA's description and one writer's firsthand experience with the process, nothing about the test should be considered an exact science, as the subsequent results represent rough estimates of the given subject's familial history as compared to the markers from others within the Ancestry.com system.

"By looking at the DNA of people with long histories in a single place, we determine genetic signatures for people who came from particular regions," as stated on the company's website. "Your AncestryDNA test looks for those signatures in your DNA and uses them to help predict where your ancestors once lived."

Customers need only send in the saliva collection tube that comes with the kit in order to gain insight into their ethnicity. From this process, AncestryDNA can also distinguish genetic markers that might signal links to both close and distant relatives within its database. Those who've subscribed to Ancestry.com can also link their family tree so they may compare their connections to those found on their DNA match's family trees, too.

Yet, while the entire concept seems rather innocent, albeit vague, there might be more at stake than meets the eye.

Joel Winston, a consumer protection litigator, recently published an article that outlines the dangers buried within the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy these customers likely neglect to read. Essentially, Ancestry.com becomes owner of your DNA forever. (Creepy, but true.)

Winston writes that there are three significant provisions in AncestryDNA's disclaimer to consider on behalf of yourself and your genetic relatives: (1) the perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide license to use your DNA; (2) the warning that DNA information may be used against “you or a genetic relative”; and (3) your waiver of legal rights. (For an in-depth analysis about what this means for customers, read Winston's article in its entirety here.)

"Customers must understand that turning over their DNA means a loss of complete ownership and control," Winston writes. "Ancestry.com customers should also know they’re giving up the genetic privacy of themselves and their relatives."

Beyond an invasion of privacy, Ancestry.com appears to be out to steal its customers' rights entirely—and these unsuspecting individuals don't seem to gain much information in return. While it's an intriguing concept, the short-term value behind learning about your potential ancestors just doesn't seem worth the long-term loss of your rights.

My suggestion? Talk to your relatives, if possible. They have countless stories to share. Plus, even if their accounts aren't 100 percent accurate, they'll still likely be right on par with AncestryDNA's estimates, anyway—minus the personal and financial costs, of course.

Trashin' Fashion: Trends that need to get canned

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Trashin' Fashion: Trends that need to get canned
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Fashion can be quite fickle. What's popular one moment might be shunned the next. It's difficult for anyone to remain trendy when styles tend to change with the direction of the breeze. However, then there are those trends that never seem to relent. They pop up out of nowhere and they refuse to disappear. Though potentially appealing at the start, their sickening prevalence turns them into an inevitable eyesore. Here are some of the latest styles that need to call it quits:

Trashin' Fashion: Trends that need to get canned

Chokers. Have you ever noticed that everyone who wears a choker looks like they've had their severed head reattached? Sure, some of these necklaces are actually quite pretty, but the ones that look like "tattoos" need to go. I used to wear one back in the day when they were first cool, but I never thought this trend would reemerge so soon. Take it from someone who's been there—don't wear one unless you want to look like some sort of zombie in all your photos from this time of your life.

Trashin' Fashion: Trends that need to get canned

Cold shoulder and off-the-shoulder tops. Shopping loses its appeal when every single shirt looks identical, and this year, none of them seem to have shoulders. Many have holes cut from the sleeves, hence the "cold" shoulder moniker. While the trend isn't awful in moderation, it's exhausting to find that every designer and brand can't seem to diverge from this style. Off-the-shoulder tops are becoming equally as common, unfortunately, as anyone who's ever worn one can attest to the fact that lifting your arms will leave you disheveled afterward. Clothing that leaves its wearer immobilized doesn't seem all that fashionable to me.

Trashin' Fashion: Trends that need to get canned

Rompers. Behold, the perfect ensemble for adult babies everywhere! We all know they're onesies for those who've outgrown their diapers, so don't try and sugarcoat things by claiming rompers are comfortable. Yes, choosing an outfit might be easier because the top and bottom are fused at the waist, but there's nothing convenient (or pleasant) about having to strip down to you skivvies every time you need to use the restroom. Plus, there's nothing worse than coming upon an attractive dress on the sale rack only to discover it's shorts.

Trashin' Fashion: Trends that need to get canned

Gladiator sandals. When sweat and sunburns are in the forecast, it's rather ridiculous to wear cages around your calves. You cannot wear these sandals during prolonged periods outdoors because they'll leave you with the worst tan lines imaginable. Plus, we all know they're not made with absorbent material, so you're bound to become a hot, sticky mess up and down your legs. Gladiator sandals aren't even remotely attractive, so why suffer? Never sacrifice comfort just to conform to what's "in" at the moment.

Trashin' Fashion: Trends that need to get canned

Crop tops. Technically, I'm not opposed to baring ones belly. If worn tastefully, crop tops can even look cute. But, in most cases, these supposed "shirts" are small enough to qualify as bras (for women of the A-cup variety, at least). Years ago, crop tops used to expose ones belly button—nothing more. These shirts still offered sufficient amounts of material. Now, however, even those with a moderately sized chest cannot wear crop tops without risking indecent exposure. NEWS FLASH: You don't need to verbally body shame people to imply that their size and shape aren't the ideal.

Now it's your turn! Which styles should be banished for good? Share your choices and your reasons in the comments below!

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