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Genetic Genealogy News

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The DNA Ancestry Blog has a new post about needs and concerns regarding Ancestry.com’s DNA project. If you have something insightful or valuable to share, the post lists an email address.

There’s a relatively new Genetic Genealogy blog called Haplogroup I which has some interesting information and news about the field. Welcome to the blogosphere, and I hope to learn more about you and about Haplogroup I!

The big news (ok, not really) in Genetic Genealogy this week is that Ben Affleck is joining the Genographic Project. The Boston Globe has a story here. My favorite part was the ending:

As with any other test, the project did lead to some bragging rights. Ramiro Torres, who hosts a morning show on radio station Jam’n 94.5, was pleased to learn his enterprising relatives trekked across all of Asia before crossing the ice bridge and populating North and South America.

“I just want to give a big shoutout to haplogroup A and let anybody else know we are the best,” he said. “I don’t care if you’re the mayor, or a soccer player, or Ben Affleck – unless you are in my group, you are nobody.”

As I am myself a member of Haplogroup A, I can see some merit in what he says!  HT: Dana Waring at pgEd and EyeonDNA covered it here.  By the way, speaking of Dana, she and the Personal Genetics Education Project got a mention in another article in the Boston Globe, available here. Congrats Dana!

Blaine Bettinger

Intellectual property attorney, genealogist, and author of The Genetic Genealogist since 2007

12 Comments

  1. Both of these tests can be very helpful, but the Y-chromosome test has more scientific studies to support its use for genealogical purposes. While the Mitochondrial DNA sequencing is thought to be just as useful in proving relatedness, there are fewer tools and studies available to help interpret the results.

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  2. I watched a show on the discovery channel a while back about dna ancestry. During part of the show they brought a caucasian and African american in for testing and showed that they shared common ancestry. Its crazy to think that we aren’t all so different after all.

  3. Didn’t everyone’s ancestors walk across the Asian/North American ice bridge? Even Native Americans had to come from somewhere. I suppose billions of years ago a fish could have swam from Asia to California to crawl out of the sea as a first Native American. :P

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  4. Didn’t everyone’s ancestors walk across the Asian/North American ice bridge? Even Native Americans had to come from somewhere. I suppose billions of years ago a fish could have swam from Asia to California to crawl out of the sea as a first Native American. :P

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  5. Hey that gives me a great idea for a new t-shirt. How about a genealogy t-shirt that depicts a fish turning into a monkey turning into a man? I like it!

  6. I watched a show on Discovery Channel a couple of weeks ago. It was all about DNA. I personally think that it’s amazing to see how we share common origin, and still behave and act so differently.

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