DNA Simple pays you for your spit. Could making money online be any easier? Probably not. However, all is not as it seems. Before you start swapping spit for cash, there are a few details you should know. Follow me to see the Devil in the details.
The Offer: Earn $50 for a saliva sample.
Rating: Not Recommended
What is DNA Simple?
DNA Simple claims to match you to DNA research studies. On the surface, DNA Simple indeed looks like a matchmaker between DNA donors and research companies. Research is a very broad term, and the identity of these research companies is not revealed.
To make money with DNA Simple, you sign up at their website and complete a survey to determine if your DNA meets the requirements of the researchers. You’re notified whenever you match a researcher’s requirements and are sent a saliva kit for collecting and shipping a spit sample. Once DNA Simple receives your saliva sample, you are paid $50.
Is DNA Simple a Scam?
I’m convinced if you met their requirements and sent them a saliva sample you will be paid $50. However, selling your DNA is a bad idea and I do not recommend DNA Simple as a means of making money.
In a moment, I’ll explain why I don’t recommend DNA Simple. For now, let’s discuss how much money you can make with DNA Simple.
How Much Will You Make?
You might have visions of making lots of money with DNA Simple. Maybe you’re a gifted spitter, and you’re willing to sell it all. Good luck.
Assuming you qualify, you will probably only sell your spit one time to DNA Simple. You’ll earn $50, and that will be the end of your spit selling career.
In the DNA Simple FAQ, you’ll see that their top earner has only sold her spit three times for a whopping career earning high of $150. That’s probably as good as it gets.
The Last Thread of Privacy.
If you have a social media account, your name, likeness, phone number, email address, date of birth, relationship status, mailing address and physical location are known.
This information has been gathered from you directly or gleaned from the social media accounts of your friends and family. However, these data compilers may not have your DNA. Yet.
A Global DNA Database.
“…Google, the NSA and DHS are using “front companies” to create a GLOBAL DNA database.” ( BlackListedNews)
It’s not surprising that Google is building a massive DNA database. They aren’t the only ones. It’s possible that DNA Simple is just a means of collecting DNA samples for global DNA databases.
Your DNA is the most intimate information about you. Do you really think it’s smart to sell it for $50?
DNA Simple also states that they will surrender your personal information if ordered to by law. While this may seem reasonable, it also means your DNA and your personal information is just a subpoena away from becoming the property of the State. (BlackListedNews)
The relationship between Google and the US Government is well known (Huffington Post). If your DNA is available and either Google, the US Government, or local law enforcement wants it, it is logical to assume they will get it.
Companies are Awful about Protecting Privacy.
Even the largest corporations in the world, including financial institutions and credit companies, have been hacked and their most protected files stolen.
It is doubtful that your DNA and personal information will be any more safe with DNA Simple. Furthermore, if you read the Terms of Service, you’ll see that by agreeing to the TOS you agree not to hold DNA Simple responsible for any breach of security. In other words, the penalty DNA Simple will pay for not protecting your privacy is very small.
You Are NOT the Customer.
What are they doing for you? Not much because you aren’t the customer. You’re the source of their product. They are buying your spit at wholesale and selling it at retail to their clients. We have no idea who their clients are.
DNA Simple will service you like a dairyman services a milk cow.
What Can They Do with Your DNA?
DNA taken from cells has been used for cloning for decades. It’s not clear how DNA from a saliva sample might be used. However, technology is advancing at the speed of light and it might be that the most advanced technology is not made public. We don’t know the full extent of how science can exploit a DNA sample but below are some ways your DNA sample might be used against you today.
Since the early 90s, crime scene investigators have used DNA to place a person at the scene of a crime. For nearly two decades DNA was considered the Gold Standard of evidence. Not now.
DNA evidence can be faked. In 2009, Israeli scientists “showed that if they had access to a DNA profile in a database, they could construct a sample of DNA to match that profile without obtaining any tissue from that person.” (NY Times)
No Insurance for you.
Insurance companies like to collect premiums, but they loathe paying out claims. It’s not a stretch to assume insurance companies will use your DNA to refuse to pay a claim. Insurance companies refuse payment for pre-existing conditions all the time.
No Job for you either.
Potential employers may refuse to hire people whose DNA shows they are predisposed to a hereditary disease.
We can only speculate about how a massive DNA database might be used by government agencies and large corporations. Historically, it is well documented that the United States Army has conducted many bioweapon tests on American citizens. While we are told that these tests ended in 1969, there is no way we can be sure. (Fort Detrick)
What if a company or government agency determined that the world population needed to be reduced? And what if they could bioengineer a virus that was only lethal to people with a specific DNA trait?
Is Selling Your DNA Worth $50?
Consider what you are selling for $50 if you give DNA Simple your saliva. Probably the most you will make is fifty bucks, and your DNA will forever be out of your control. Who knows what will become of it or what technology will appear in the future to exploit your DNA in new ways.
If you’re like most people, you’ll spend that $50 fast. It will be gone in an instant, but your DNA may be in a database forever.
Better Ways to Make Money Online.
There are better ways to make money. They may not be as easy as spitting in a plastic tube, but they will pay you a lot more and pay more consistently.
Get a Real Work at Home Job.
If you need money right away, I suggest you get a work from home job. You’ll discover how to find a legitimate work from home and avoid scams in my article Work at Home Jobs.
Start Your Own Online Business.
If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and know how to work towards a goal, I recommend that you build your own online business. With an internet business, your earning potential is unlimited, and it is possible to build multiple streams of income.
However, it will take time and commitment to learning the skills you need to succeed online. Building a business online is much like building a business offline. It may take months before it is profitable. Patience is essential.
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