A Sketchy DNA Testing Service Said Dogs Had First Nations Ancestry

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A DNA laboratory that claims to test for Indigenous ancestry has been accused of potentially scamming consumers by producing dubious results, and contributing to a suspected tax scam involving claims of Indigenous status.

A CBC News report Monday revealed the Toronto-based company, Viaguard Accu-Metrics, produced bizarre ancestry results for at least a handful of customers—some of whom weren’t even human. Saliva from pet dogs and non-Indigenous people returned impossible percentages of First Nations DNA, raising questions about a possible scam.

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