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DNA Potrait
Posted by: pbarra1
Date: August 08, 2012 06:47AM
Received a dna11 gift. One person is to collect cheek cells which they then extract dna from, run a gel and make a print from. I want to combine my dna with my wife dna. I suppose we could both use the one swab and then send that in.

1) How will that affect the look of the final product?

2) Will dna11 know what we did? (They sell a more expensive 2 panel print - one panel for each persons dna)
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Re: DNA Potrait
Posted by: iaJim
Date: August 08, 2012 06:55AM
I would think they would tell you that your DNA sample was contaminated.
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Re: DNA Potrait
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: August 08, 2012 09:12AM
Yup... That's called a contaminated sample, and they'd reject it.


Curious.. What company is this through?



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Re: DNA Potrait
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: August 08, 2012 09:21AM
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Paul F.
Curious.. What company is this through?

Just a shot in the dark...[www.dna11.com]




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Re: DNA Potrait
Posted by: pbarra1
Date: August 08, 2012 09:29AM
yes dna11
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Re: DNA Potrait
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: August 08, 2012 09:47AM
Got it... I gotta wake up a little more before posting :-)



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Re: DNA Potrait
Posted by: A-Polly
Date: August 08, 2012 10:08AM
Oops, sorry, didn't read carefully enough the first time... confused smiley



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/08/2012 10:09AM by A-Polly.
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Re: DNA Potrait
Posted by: davester
Date: August 08, 2012 11:32AM
That seems like a bit of a waste of a DNA scan. Much more interesting to track your world genographic lineage via the National Geographic project through these guys: [shop.nationalgeographic.com]



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Re: DNA Potrait
Posted by: MGS_forgot_password
Date: August 08, 2012 11:37AM
Have a child, swab his/her cheek.
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Re: DNA Potrait
Posted by: pbarra1
Date: August 08, 2012 12:46PM
Swabbing one of children is our fallback position.
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Re: DNA Potrait
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: August 08, 2012 12:54PM
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pbarra1
I want to combine my dna with my wife dna.

My bride and I did that a couple of times with good results each time. The results are living away from home now.
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Re: DNA Potrait
Posted by: pbarra1
Date: August 08, 2012 01:23PM
Accelerator - nicely played - funny!
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Re: DNA Potrait
Posted by: PeterB
Date: August 08, 2012 01:38PM
Wha...? I'd never heard of this company / service before, and all I have to say is... what a waste of money.

If you just want some bands on a gel, I can give you more pics than you'd know what to do with. Sure, you can have your own DNA (and that might have sentimental value), but you wouldn't know the difference between "your" DNA and the DNA of a carrot. tongue sticking out smiley

As for the original questions:

1) Mixing the DNA of yourself with that of another person, will probably simply give you more bands / a more complex pattern than you'd have had with the individual samples. It will probably NOT result in "contamination".

2) I don't see how they'd know what you did, unless they are scrutinizing the results they get.

But point #2 now leads to the bigger question: do you REALLY want to be giving your DNA to a company? Yes, it may be a bit paranoid to be raising this question, but with insurers wanting to know if you have genetic diseases, police doing 'DNA dragnets', and the like, it's not unreasonable to be thinking about stuff like that, even if it's still a bit off in the future for now.

P.S. ... as a routine experiment in one of my classes, I have the students purify either their own DNA or the DNA from fruit ... VERY easy to do, with common ingredients that can be found in the grocery or pharmacy. They get to take the DNA home (if they like) in a pendant. Unsurprisingly, this turns out to be one of their favorite experiments all semester...




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Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 08/08/2012 02:16PM by PeterB.
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Re: DNA Potrait
Posted by: pbarra1
Date: August 08, 2012 06:41PM
I was given a gift certificate so I was planning on using it.
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Re: DNA Potrait
Posted by: PeterB
Date: August 08, 2012 09:36PM
Ah, OK ... just be aware of what you're (potentially) getting yourself into.

I still think having one's DNA as a keepsake makes more sense, than putting your gel bands on a wall...




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