About The Genetic Genealogist:
The Genetic Genealogist began in February 2007 to examine the intersection of traditional genealogical techniques and modern genetic research, most commonly called “genetic genealogy” or “genetealogy.” Genetic genealogists use genetics to learn more about their ancestry, or to examine the relatedness of individuals. This relatively new technology represents a powerful new technology for the genealogist’s toolbox.
There are at least four types of genealogical DNA testing, including Y-chromosome, X-chromosome, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), and autosomal DNA testing. Each test has its own advantages and limitations.
The Genetic Genealogist also explores the latest news and developments in the related field of personal genomics. Thanks to recent advances in DNA sequencing, it will soon (1 to 5 years) be possible to sequence an individual’s entire genome at an affordable price ($1,000 or less). Already, some companies offer partial genome analysis for $2,500 or less. Personal genomics is an important step in using a person’s genetic sequence to gain insight into that person’s propensity for disease or other inherited characteristics.
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About The Author:
My name is Blaine Bettinger and I have been using traditional genealogical research to learn more about my ancestry for almost 20 years. With the advent of genetic genealogy I have added this new tool to my research toolbox.
I have a Ph.D. in biochemistry with a concentration in genetics and am extremely interested in the recent developments in genetic genealogy. Despite my excitement I recognize and appreciate the need for continued research and skepticism.
My own tests have revealed that my maternal lineage, which has been traced back to Honduras in the 1830′s, belongs to Haplogroup A, a Native American haplogroup. My paternal heritage, which is traced back to Germany in the 1770′s, belongs to Haplogroup R1b19c, a continental European haplogroup.
- Associate Editor for the Journal of Genetic Genealogy
- The DNA Network
- Founder of The Genealogists
- Administrator for the Bettinger Surname Project
- Co-Administrator for the null439 Project
- Wired Magazine – Quoted in “Mr. Know-It-All“, by Brendan I. Koerner.
- RootsTelevision – “Blaine Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist“, with Dick Eastman.
- Diverse – “The Value of Knowing Where You Come From“, with Cassie Chew.
- Eye on DNA – “Genetic Genealogist Dr. Blaine Bettinger on DNA and Genealogy“, with Hsien-Hsien Lei, Ph.D.
Featured on Genome Technology Online:
- Genetic Nondiscrimination Act: So Close. Sooooo Close, August 24, 2007
- DNA Banking Bazaar, August 28, 2007
- Join the Genealogy Revolution, September 4, 2007
- Genomes to Consumers: Huzzah! Education for Consumers? Oops., September 10, 2007
- George, Craig, and Freeman Walk into a Bar …, September 13, 2007
- What’s There To Be Afraid Of?, October 16, 2007
- Here’s a Shocker: Accuracy of Genetic Tests Called Into Question, November 26, 2007
- You Can Blame Great-Great-Great-Grandpa for Your Bad Genes, January 4, 2008
- Unfortunately, Their Names Aren’t As Catchy As We’re Used To, January 14, 2008
- This Time It’s Good to Reinvent the Wheel, January 25, 2008
- The Follow-On to the Follow-On to the Follow-On to 23andMe, February 21, 2008
- Finally, An Instruction Manual (Sort Of), March 14, 2008
- Just Like that Ant and His Rubber Tree Plant, We’ve Got High Hopes, April 24, 2008
- It’s Hard to Ignore the Results of Two Tests, May 5, 2008
- Welcome to the Spotlight, Steven, June 22, 2008
- Finding Your Name, October 21, 2008
- The Genealogy Guys Podcast – Episode #135 – April 28, 2008
- American Society of Human Genetics – News Clips Archives
- About.com: Genealogy – 10 Genealogy Blogs Worth Reading (#5)
- CGREAL (newsletter for the Center for Genetic Research Ethics & Law at Case Western Reserve University) – June 14, 2007 and August 10, 2007
- DNAdirect.com – Ancestry Testing Resources
- Personal Genetics Education Project – Suggestions For Further Reading
- I Have The Results Of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What?
- 10 DNA Myths Busted, and Other Favorite Posts
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