I'm afraid iGENEA doesn't make any sense.
It's been said that they use ambiguous suppositions and unclear labels to obtain (misleading) statistical inferences. Moreover it's been rumoured that they are merely selling ancestry information, of whichever origin the buyer is ready to pay for. If we already know that humans have 99% similar DNA, and that iGENEA research has a large margin of error, up to 15%, according to some genomic experts, then what is really verifiable in their studies?
When we consider that genetic tests cannot determine ethnic identity, the results become even more misleading.
A more reliable source is the article "The Science and Business of Genetic Ancestry Testing" (Science 19 October 2007: Vol. 318. no. 5849, pp. 399 - 400 DOI: 10.1126/science.1150098). The 2 most important premises in the article are:
1. The tests track only a very SMALL portion of your DNA (less than 1 percent of a person's genome!)
2. The tests cannot determine ethnic identity.
The most important flaw on the part of iGENEA would be that their methodology has not been published in any peer reviewed journal.
This alone may be proof enough that what they're doing has no real scientific value.
· 1 decade ago