Giant strides have been made in the science of DNA in the past couple of years and it’s especially exciting for genealogists and family historians to know that the use of Autosomal biogeograpical markers (BGA) is rapidly becoming an everyday occurrence.
You may already know that the Y chromosome is passed down from father to son (the paternal line), the X chromosome is passed from mother to child (males: only maternal grandparents and females: all grandparents). Chromosomes 1 to 22 carry autosomal DNA (passed from both parents to all children from all grandparents).
I was surprised to find out last year that Ancestry.com didn’t offer an autosomal test, but this is about to change in 2012.
According to the Rootstech keynote speech “Making the Most of Technology to Further Family History Industry” delivered by Ken Chahine, Senior Vice President and General Manager, DNA at Ancestry.com, the company will soon offer autosomal DNA testing. The DNA revolution is a force that is rapidlly producing new products and will turn into content.
Chahine has built a team of biologists who have been creating and refining algorithms to analyze the data and present it in meaningful ways to users. They plan to integrate DNA into ancestry records that will help pick out the correct John Doe you’re looking for in the future.
As of December 2011, Ancestry.com has more than 1.7 million paying subscribers around the world and is home to more than 8 billion historical records and millions of family trees. It’s not hard to imagine that whey will make a huge splash this year when they offer autosomal testing at Ancestry.com DNA.