What is DNA Simple?

What is DNA Simple? Is DNA Simple a Scam?

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.

Website: dnasimple.org
The Offer: Earn $50 for a saliva sample.
Opinion: Not Recommended

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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 What is DNA Simple? Is DNA Simple a Scam?$50.

Is DNA Simple a Scam?

Nothing about DNA Simple suggests it is a scam. Their website, offer, terms of service, and privacy policy all appear transparent and genuine.

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.

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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?

What is DNA Simple? Is DNA Simple a Scam?The DNA Simple Privacy Policy.

In their Privacy Policy, DNA Simple states that when they forward a saliva sample to a research client all personally identifiable information is stripped away. This may be true, however, throughout the Terms of Service agreement, DNA Simple stresses that to be paid you must submit accurate information about who you are.

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.

You will also find mention of DNA Simple ‘servicing you’ in the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. I find this choice of words disturbing. What do they mean by ‘servicing you?’

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.

Instant Patsy.

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)

ScamAvenger Girl giving thumbs downIn other words, if they have access to your DNA in a database, they can construct a crime scene making you the criminal.

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.

Designer Death.

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.

And, if you’re a fugitive from justice, your DNA sample or a DNA sample a relative sells can get you busted. That’s precisely what happened to a murderer who had avoided conviction for over 30 years.

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44 thoughts on “What is DNA Simple?

  1. I just realized that this was promoted on the show Shark Tank. I think Mark Cuban bought in to the opportunity. This surprised me because he is usually a real skeptic about these things.

    1. That’s interesting Dennis. Mark Cuban is a smart cookie, but he may have an agenda.
      There appears to be an orchestrated effort to get everyone’s DNA in a central database.

      Thanks for stopping by,


  2. Thanks for this in-depth review Gary!

    The fact that the identity of these “research companies” isn’t disclosed was my first red flag. I had heard rumblings about this global DNA database. I am skeptical and would not ever consider an offer like this (even if I viewed myself as an excessively gifted spitter).

    I have to admit, though, to some curiosity about the potential benefits of a global DNA database. If my genetics make me more susceptible to certain types of disease, for example, could the DNA of another person with an extremely healthy family history be introduced to the system to reduce that susceptibility?

    Anyhow, the idea of being potentially the ‘instant patsy’ is enough to make me shy away from this company in itself! No trust in this type of company keeping my information private!

    1. Hi, Tucker!

      I agree. Historically, companies, governmental agencies, non-profits and most people act in their own self-interest. I do not know what the true agenda is for a global DNA database, but I doubt it is charitable. Wherever DNA data can be used to increase profits, extend or consolidate power, defeat an “enemy,” or justify an action it will be used for those reasons. 

      Thanks for stopping by,


    2. I thought the same thing; however, if ordered by law, are hospitals, labs, or other medical facilities required to forward your DNA/blood material? I hadn’t thought much about it, but after reading this that idea ran through my mind.

      1. Just saying – if hospitals are required to report things such as bullet injuries, then it would seem that any information (blood, DNA, personal information) is given for free already. I know they say you have the right to privacy, but how can that be in that case, or is that the only exception?

        1. Hi, Christopher!

          You bring up a very interesting point. Hospitals could very well be sampling our DNA already. I think the military does now too.

          Thanks for stopping by,

      2. Hi, Christopher!

        I’m not sure if hospitals are required by law, but in practice, I suspect they will do the easiest and most expedient thing when confronted with a legal request.

        Thanks for stopping by,

    3. I think this “review” is more troubling than anything. The author’s agenda is to get you to his own get rich quick scam on making money on the Internet. I think selling your spit seems like a better choice.

      1. Hi, Maribeth,

        Why are you being so hateful? How can selling your genetic code be a good idea?


  3. I find it crazy that people would hand over their DNA for the price of $50. You never know what a company is going to do and if you thought data privacy was bad, how about DNA Privacy.

    I think people truly need to be careful when handing over any sort of data, in particular when it is DNA to a company that you have no idea what they will do with it or what sort of future impact it could have on you (and you have outlined some true personal liabilities that could result).

    1. Hi, Kyle!

      I agree. It’s just too risky and the financial reward is pathetic. Why compromise your DNA privacy for fifty bucks? 

      The legal structure protecting our privacy is changing by the minute. Sadly, privacy laws are eroding with each passing day. When you sell your DNA, you cannot be sure what you are agreeing to without a lawyer combing through the legalese. Also, as you mentioned, you cannot be sure how these legal documents will be interpreted in the future. Or, the capacity of science to find new and terrifying application for stored DNA data.

      It’s best to keep your DNA to yourself.

      Thanks for stopping by,


  4. Wow. Never came across such content before. Very unique site. I believe that if the collection of DNA is for a greater good, there would definitely be insurance companies supporting it. Having a reliable insurance company to support it would give donors more confidence when adding their DNA to the database.

    1. Hi, Reuven!

      You bring up a good point about insurance companies supporting the collection of DNA. My concern is that insurance companies will use our DNA to deny claims. For example we develop a disease that our DNA shows was inherited from a parent. The insurance company might determine it was a pre-existing condition based on our DNA and not pay for medical treatment.

      Thanks for stopping by,


  5. Man if anybody told me I could be paid to spit why wouldn’t I want to be there?

    Well because anything that sounds that easy and attractive usually isn’t. One should always be wary and look into it a bit more. Just as well I read review. 🙂

    One spit for $50 ain’t gonna be paying my bills. The worrying thing like you say is who knows how your DNA could be used in this world where identity theft is rife.

    Thanks Gary but I’ll definitely be giving this one a miss.


    1. Hi, Mark!

      We live in interesting times. The idea that big business can control my DNA worries me. There is no way I’d volunteer my DNA for their agenda.

      Thanks for stopping by,


  6. Hello Gary! I’m really surprised with your article. I didn’t know anything about DNA Simple and it’s really crazy the things we can find on the Internet. the fact that sell your DNA scares me, what they do with that? I think that is something so rare and in addition, the amount you receive it’s so little. I think that it’s not worth

    1. Hi, Javier!

      I agree, the risk of selling your DNA is not worth the $50 they pay you. There are too many unknowns. I’d prefer to stay out of their data base.

      Thanks for stopping by,


  7. Hey Gary,

    It’s crazy to think we’re at the point where people are trying to sell their DNA. As you stated, DNA is our most intimate identifier. It is literally the genetic combination that makes people individuals.

    I find it very weird that they basically tell you up front this is a very limited revenue stream with their top earner only participating in three spit swaps. I’m wondering if by providing that first sample they test your DNA for specific traits and then request more pending each result. I’m imagining them making the search for the “perfect” genetic structure.

    One thing I’m curious about is would all your hesitance about this offer dissappear for someone who has already sold their DNA previously? DNA can be harvested from a number of things that people already sell and donate including: blood, platlets, semen, eggs, and plasma.

    Thanks for the interesting review of this odd opportunity

    1. Hi, Atlas!

      You make a great point. It may be that my DNA is already on record because of my military service, but I would still not volunteer my DNA. I don’t trust Big Brother and prefer not to cooperate with the agenda.

      Your speculation that they are looking for the perfect genetic structure would be a interesting plot to a novel.

      Thanks for stopping by,


  8. DNA Simple looks straightforward enough, but since you have to wait until a research process needs your kind of DNA, it is not going to offer you a regular income.
    There is no way you will know how your DNA sample and personal info will be used.
    I would really worry about my DNA being used in a criminal setting.
    So if you make $50 to $150 a year, you will be lucky.
    Personally, I would prefer something more regular and sustainable.
    Even $50 a week would be OK to start with.
    I have time to learn something new. How long might it take me to learn enough to start my own business online?
    Are there limits as to how much I could earn?

    1. Hi, HappyB!

      DNA Simple is not a money maker. As I mentioned, their top earner of all time only earned $150 total. 

      For someone with an entrepreneurial spirit, I highly recommend they start an online business. You can start an internet business rather quickly. However, because it takes months for the search engines to trust a new website, it might be months before your new business is earning enough to pay for itself. Patience is essential.

      The good news is that once your internet business is established, you earning potential is truly unlimited. If you’re interested in learning how to build an online business based on the industry’s best practices, I recommend the Online Entrepreneur Certification Course. Enrollment is free. Go here to learn more.

      Thanks for stopping by,


  9. With as many DNA kits and ancestory kits on the market, you can never be too careful with where your information is going. Thanks for the heads up on DNA Simple! Now I know if I hear any of my friends talking about it, I can forward them this.
    It’s hard to distinguish the legitimate sites from the scams.

  10. I love this article. I have also seen where other places are wanting to collect your DNA. Most of these end up in crime databases for research by law enforcement.

    As you said in your article, there is no real privacy when it comes to our DNA. This is one of those areas where technology is expanding far faster than our laws can keep up. I have been leary for a long time to give my DNA and you have listed several of the reasons why I am.

    Thank you for putting into words how I feel!

    1. Hi, Eden!

      You bring up a good point about how technology is progressing faster than our laws. I would add that technology is outpacing our ethics as well. There is no way of knowing for sure what happens to a DNA after it is sent to DNA Simple. However, since DNA Simple is a business, you can bet they will exploit the full profit potential of each sample.

      Thanks for stopping by,

    2. Hi, Eden!

      Thanks for kind words about my article on DNA Simple. I don’t doubt that all DNA samples will ultimately be listed in law enforcement databases. It so easy to take a saliva sample that many hospitals are taking DNA from newborns as protocol. The military too.

      Thanks for stopping by,

  11. This sounds like a cheap way to get around the HeLa cells problem, if you don’t know who Henrietta Lacks is, she had cancer and her cells were used over and over and she or family received no compensation.

    Like you said your dna is only worth $50, if another research company buys the dna from the first researcher then you don’t get paid for the resale.

    We do have the problem with selling your dna to find out our history, who is to say that our dna isn’t resold for research or the governments?

    1. Hi, lasnow!

      Thanks for mentioning Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa laws. That connection had not occurred to me, but you make a very good point. There is no telling what happens to our DNA once we sell it.

      I also suspect when we send in our DNA to research our ancestry that the DNA is stored and perhaps sold to other agencies. Our privacy is being shredded by the minute.

      Thanks for stopping by,


  12. Hi Gary!

    I think that this whole selling your saliva business for 50 US is pretty frightning. It comes down to loosing control of the most sensitive, intimate information which comes inside your DNA. As if indentity theft was not bad enough! What they do with your DNA, once they have it, sounds so X-Files to me…who knows what questionable projects governments may have around the world regarding DNA and genetic manipulation. And all that risk for 50 US? I think I’ll pass…Is it possible that people are so desperate that they are actually considering giving away their DNA information to companies like DNA Simple? It seems hard to believe. Thanks for sharing this eye-opening article.

    1. Hi, Luis!

      I agree with you. It is frightening that there are corporations actively gathering our DNA. There is no telling what it will be used for. They may eventually get it anyway, but we don’t have to make it easy for them. $50 is nothing.

      Thanks for stopping by,


  13. Gary,

    Love the design and layout of your site. Definitely provides pertinent information to your viewers. Clean and very simple easy to read and great information.

    I noticed your links did not allow the visitor to open links in a new tab so they could continue reading your article, maybe something you want to look into but not a major concern.

    Best Regards,

  14. Hi Gary:

    I came across your post on DNA simple and I was absolutely horrified! You are absolutely right in not recommending DNA Simple to anyone.

    Today, no one in the modern world has privacy anymore. You own a smart phone and your movements are tracked everywhere you go. You do searches on the internet and you suddenly get advertisements popping up in the oddest places surrounding a search word or a word you put in an email weeks earlier.

    Thank you for talking about this latest threat to our privacy.


    1. Hi, Ramona!

      I may be an antique, but I remember when privacy was respected by everyone. There were question you knew not to ask someone and boundaries you knew not to cross. Not anymore. 

      Thanks for stopping by,


  15. Hi Gary
    your site looks pretty good .your topic for this article is kind of interesting and offers some very valid points.Besides using dna to build a crime scene just imagine how many other parts of our lives the people who are the collectors could be scheming even now .Before you know it you’ll be buying groceries from Sudam Hussien’s clone or bowling with 15 models of your only sister..There are just way to many variations of the end product of what those corporations or google or any other branch of the government could be using your dna for. Good Post . Your site works good. I don’t think id carry on quite as lengthy about this topic but you were very informative. Thanks.

    1. Hi, Bryan Longlosl!

      I appreciate your comment. It is scary to think about what can be done with out DNA. I imagine that the powers that be will eventually have DNA samples of everyone on earth, but we don’t need to help them. Selling your DNA for $50 is like selling your soul for a candy bar.

      Thanks for stopping by,


  16. Seems like pretty much everything is for sale but I definitely have not heard about selling your DNA. I can imagine it being bought and resold to corporations and who know who. Knowledge is power and this is just too much personal information to sell and for so cheap. There are lots of ways to work a home based business and affiliate marketing works for me.

    1. Hi!

      You bring up a very good point. Knowledge is indeed power. I have to ask, what will the global DNA database be used for? I doubt it will be used to help us. I’m 60 years old and have watched as every resource has been centralized and controlled. It appears the there will one day be a centralized DNA database too.

      Thanks for stopping by,


  17. Hi Gary.

    OMG! Thank you so much for this information. I had no idea that you could sell your DNA information.

    I don’t think I would have considered selling my spit for just $50 anyway – but reading your article – I am now dead sure.

    Great information. Maybe I’ll send them a spit-sample from my hamster – just to see what happens 😉

    Have a nice day. Niels

    1. Hi, Niels!

      I’d like to know what they think of your hamster’s spit too. Unfortunately, it appears we are living in the age of Big Brother.

      Thanks for stopping by,


  18. I’ve heard of some pretty strange ways of trying to earn money online, and this is definitely high on the list. Thanks for the warning!

    Do you have a top 10 list, or something like that? A top 10 list of easy, side cash to be found online. I know there are a number of good ones, but I would love to find some more.

    1. Hi, Jordan!

      I agree, selling your DNA is strange indeed. This world is much different than the one I grew up in.

      I don’t have a top ten list of ways to earn easy side cash, but I like your suggestion and will put one together.

      Thanks for stopping by,


  19. Is this for real? Getting paid to spit.
    Just knowing that they have a caveat in their TOS which doesn’t protect you or your privacy is scary enough to make you want to spit whether in disgust or for a sample.

    This rings true of the case with Henrietta Lacks whose cancer cells were taken out without her knowledge. Her cells helped in medical research, making scientists rich and her family none the better.

    I’d like to know that by sending a sample of my spit will they keep me posted on any developments within the medical world?

    There was a hint in your video that not everyone will be accepted on this program.
    What are the requirements?

    Thanks for posting.

    1. Hi, Jacqueline!

      Yes, unfortunately, this is real. The Brave New World is here. Thanks for mentioning Henrietta Lacks story. I suspect that sort of thing happens all the time.

      If you were to send DNA Simple your spit, when they pay you for it they have fulfilled their contractual agreement. Do not expect to hear anything else from them or to ever learn how your DNA has been used.

      DNA Simple does not state what the qualifications are to be accepted into their program except to say that different researchers have different requirements. I’m speculating that if DNA Simple is a front company gathering DNA samples for a global  DNA database the only requirement is if they don’t already have your DNA.

      Thanks for stopping by,


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