1. You got those big blue eyes from your grandmother, but chances are you inherited less desirable genes as well. We inherit our DNA from our parents, who inherited it from their parents. Since we all possess genes that can cause or contribute to disease, knowing oneâ€™s DNA and family medical history can be a great resource for someone who learns they have a genetic disorder.
2. Full genome sequencing is right around the corner! The X-prize quest for the $1000 genome will lead to efficient and affordable whole-genome sequencing. As commercial companies crop up and compete for customerâ€™s business, leading to even lower prices.
3. Your grandmotherâ€™s DNA contains clues to her ancestry. X-chromosome, mtDNA, and … Click to read more!
For all you lucky people that live in or near Indiana, note the following, from DearMYRTLE:
Roots Television at FGS
Roots Television would like to invite you to join us at exhibit booths 318 and 320 at the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2007 Conference from August 15-18!
Come meet Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, Dick Eastman and a special surprise guest (on opening day) in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, 120 West Jefferson Blvd. Throughout the conference, we’ll feature the latest and greatest programs from the Roots Television website. Visit us to be among the first to learn about our Societies & Libraries contest ($1,000 prize to the winning organization!) and to watch Dick Eastman and our surprise guest conduct interviews (or maybe even be interviewed yourself!). Be sure to come by to share in the excitement!
And while you’re there, don’t miss … Click to read more!
I saw a recent article in the New York Times, â€œA Survival Imperative for Space Colonizationâ€ that grabbed my attention. I know it isnâ€™t necessarily related to DNA, but I loved the article and the essence behind it, The Copernican Principle.
The Copernican Principle, is named after Nicolaus Copernicus, who stated that the Earth is not in a central, specially favored position. Although it might look like our galaxy is the center of the Universe, observers in all other galaxies would observe the same thing. This idea has been applied to the field of statistics. For example, if you are observing something and your location is not special, then you are observing the thing at a random point during its existence. That is, there is a 95% chance that you are seeing it in the middle 95% of its existence, and … Click to read more!
I think it is every bloggerâ€™s dream to have thousands of readers and rss subscribers waiting for your every post and checking the blog for new information first thing in the morning. Of course, there are very few blogs like that. People typically find new blogs through a variety of means, including links from other blogs, links from social networks or directories, and often through search portals. Here are the current top 15 searches that lead people to The Genetic Genealogist:
How to people find your … Click to read more!
Earlier this week I posted about my rare surname and the genetic bottleneck my particular branch of the family tree is experiencing. Later that day a visitor stopped by and left their own story (as a comment) relating to family trees and genetic genealogy, and it was so interesting that I thought I’d share it:
â€œYou would think that after 193 years there should be hundreds of us, but thatâ€™s not how genealogy or genetics works.â€
I was shocked when I realized that my brothers are at the end state of our yDNA.
Lorenzo P. (our gr-grandfather)from Italy had three sons. Two â€œdaughtered out.â€ Our grandfather Agostino had two sons. One son had a son, the other son had two sons. None of those sons have had children. One had died, and the others are no longer married, and not likely to do so again. That is the end of Lorenzoâ€™s line in the US. Perhaps he had brothers in Italy that we have yet to find, and the yDNA line continues.
We are at the end of our mtDNA too. The oldest gr gr gr grandmother from Switzerland passed her DNA down to me through her daughters. My grandmotherâ€™s sisters either had no daughters, or they did not marry. My grandmother had two daughters, my mother and her sister.(My aunt.) They each had one daughter. My Auntâ€™s daughter had two daughters and my mother had me. My Auntâ€™s granddaughters had only sons, or died before having children. I have a daughter who is at the end of her childbearing years, and is not likely to conceive due to a medical condition.
So why have we had our DNA tested? Curiosity, desire to add to the genetic knowledge, and it is one way of leaving a trace of our family behind.”
Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving this heartfelt comment. Yet more proof that DNA is … Click to read more!
From the Genetic Genealogist, wishing all my readers a fun and safe summer holiday!Â Don’t forget, family gatherings are a great place to talk about genealogy, or to gather money for a fun and interesting genetic genealogy test! … Click to read more!
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â I was recently interviewed by Hsien at EyeonDNA.Â She asked some great questions about the field of genetic genealogy, and I hope youâ€™ll check it out.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â I consider my new friendship with Hsien and other fellow bloggers to be one of the great successes of this blog, and I thank her for the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for genetic genealogy with her … Click to read more!