What does it mean when a hybrid genetic genealogy company says its customers are genetically related?
In a series of tweets, the company, Genomics UK, announced that it is the “only genealogy firm in the UK with a genealogical service specifically designed to identify and document the DNA of genetic relationships.”
Genomics claims that “over 10% of all DNA is shared between humans and non-human animals, so we know it’s very common and very useful for genealogists.”
In the same tweets, Genomic UK also announced that its customers have “unique access to genetic data that will help us understand and understand the origins of diseases and other genetic traits.”
The company says that its clients are “using it to better understand their own genetics, and how they relate to others,” but did not provide further details.
The company’s announcement was met with confusion.
Some Twitter users expressed shock that Genomics would sell customers DNA, even though the company does not use any proprietary software to do so.
In fact, according to its website, the service is built on proprietary data that is “not shared with any other company.”
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“Genomics UK is a company that is not an accredited genealogy service and therefore is not required to offer customers the services offered by our competitors,” the company said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.
The Genomics website describes itself as “the world’s largest and fastest growing genealogy and genealogy genetics company,” offering “a range of services for all levels of genealogy.”
But a review of its customer service page reveals a range of problems with its service.
The website states that “Genomics can be reached at: https://genomics.uk” while the company’s website only lists a phone number for a “service number.”
While Genomics does not provide customer service, it does provide a brief bio about its founder, David Tew, and his work as a genealogy geneticist.
A bio about Tew and his company also states that he “specializes in genealogic genealogy” and that “his clients are ‘genetic scientists’ who study genetic ancestry and related traits.”
A bio about the company also suggests that Genomic is “the only genealogy services company that offers a genetic database with a comprehensive set of genetic genealogies.”
Genomic’s website also claims that its services are “the first in the world that will make the genetic gene-tree available for any non-genetic person to easily access.”
Tew did not respond to BuzzFeed’s requests for comment, but a spokesperson for the company confirmed that Genomes’ service was not specifically built for customers to use.
“We’ve got a range and a range, we’ve got an enormous range of customers who come through the door with their genealogy data,” the spokesperson told BuzzFeed News in an email.
“Our service is not a gene-alogy service, but rather a DNA service.
There is no need to create an account with us to access our service.”
Genomics’ claim to customers is not surprising, but the company has been criticized for its lack of transparency about the use of its services.
The BioTrust database, a popular online database of genealogically linked individuals, has become a hot topic in the genealogry community.
While the database is widely used, the BioTrust is not certified by the Association of Genetic Resource Professionals as a legitimate genealogy database.
It is, however, widely used by genealogist groups that use it to provide genealogics.
The BioTrust, for example, offers access to a range on genealogs and ancestry data that are not subject to Genomic, including a listing of all the people who have been named by the American Human Genetics Association as having an “intact” or “exact” DNA match with another person.
Genomics also offers access on the BioSearch service to all the DNA in a person’s family tree.
But the Bio Search service only lists the results of a single person’s genetic testing, which means it does not offer access to other people’s data.
The controversy over Genomics’ genealogy DNA service comes as genealogicals have become increasingly popular online, thanks to the popularity of Ancestry and other genealoging sites.
A recent study of 1.7 million Americans revealed that about 15% of them are now using online genealogy databases, with over one million people using them to search for relatives.
While Genomes has said that its DNA service is a “standard” genealogy tool, it has also acknowledged that it may not be suitable for all customers.
“The Genomic DNA service may not meet your needs or requirements and therefore Genomics will not provide you with a DNA database,” the Bio Trust bio states.
“This means that you may be better served by other services, such as the Genomics BioSearch or the BioGenealogy BioSearch.
These are available to you for free and we encourage you to use them