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Sandy on January 23rd, 2014

The following is a great price-break announcement from the very popular MyHerigage.ccm. MyHeritage has a partnership with Family Tree DNA which I consider to be the best genealogy testing service: “MyHeritage is happy to announce substantial discounts on DNA tests. As the technology for DNA analysis has matured and now reaches the mainstream, prices of DNA […]

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Cece Moore of Your Genetic Genealogist says: “I am so pleased to be able to say that the support for the inaugural independent genetic genealogy conference has exceeded my most ambitious aspirations. My appreciation goes out to Professor Gates, Dr. Wells and all of our wonderful speakers for graciously and enthusiastically accepting my invitation to […]

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The following is a news release from Ancestry.com regarding an innovative test new available to the general public providing analysis your genetic ethnicity, living relative matches, and further insight into family history research: “(PROVO, Utah) – February 21, 2013–Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced the public availability of its AncestryDNA test to U.S. […]

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PRWeb consistently offers a diverse selection of press releases and this one is certainly a surprise. Many of us thought that “Bigfoot” was a mythical creature like the “Loch Ness Monster”. A team of scientists can apparently verify that a 5-year DNA study, under peer-review, confirms the existence of a novel hominin hybrid species living […]

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Sandy on June 28th, 2012

During the last ice age, the sea level of our planet dropped and uncovered a vast land bridge between Asia and America This likely permitted the first bands of people to migrate from the Russian far east into what is now Alaska. When the glaciers receded, the new arrivals drove south to the Great Plains […]

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Sandy on June 25th, 2012

Ancestry.com says: “Recent research from Oxford University shows a wide range of genetic influences throughout the British Isles, hinting at a long history of invasions and settlement by groups from across the European continent throughout history. Now where have we heard that before? Oh, that’s right! AncestryDNA™ has seen similar results in the data from our […]

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DNA analysis is making more progress with every day that passes and it’s easy to believe that we will soon be able to pinpoint our genetic ancestry with a clarity that would have seemed impossible only a handful of years ago. Genetics has already transformed many of our notions of ethnic identity to the point […]

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The DNA Consultants Blog is a great source of inspiration and information and yesterday’s post is an interesting read. Long before the days of DNA testing scientists, Thomas Jefferson and Constantine Rafinesque, demonstrated the genetic similarity between native Americans and Turkic peoples of the Altai region of southern Siberia. I thought the comment at the […]

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Sandy on May 21st, 2012

I’ve just read an interesting article posted online by the Irish Times regarding Y-DNA with which I agree. There’s a lot of sales patter and technical jargon out there, but the principle behind genealogical Y-DNA testing is simple and logical. The Y-DNA chromosome is passed along intact from father to son. A random mutation is […]

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The old saying look before you leap applies to all information posted on the web and this even applies to the latest offering from the world’s most popular genealogy site. It’s interesting to see that Ancestry has named their Best Practices board of scientific advisors in the following news release: “PROVO, Utah, May 3, 2012 […]

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Ancestry.com has posted the following information from its DNA testing group: “Ancestry.com DNA has recently updated a Y-chromosome DNA test marker name and its allele value to comply with a recently released industry-wide recommendation by the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). One of the markers in our Y-chromosome DNA test has changed names from “Y-GATA […]

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Sandy on March 19th, 2012

You may have read my recent post on this blog MyHeritage the world’s largest family genealogy network now offers DNA testing regarding the business move at MyHeritage to integrate their DNA database with the Family Tree DNA and a customer base of 62 million users. This means an expansion into new markets for the benefit of […]

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On February 28, 1953, two scientists at Cambridge University, England,  James Watson and Frances Crick, announced that they had discovered the double-helix structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)—the molecule containing the human genes. DNA was actually discovered back in 1869, but its inheritance genetics wasn’t demonstrated until 1943. This clearly illustrates the baby steps taken during […]

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On February 16, 2012, MyHeritage, perhaps the most popular family network on the web, took a giant step into the world of DNA testing. To this end My Heritage has partnered with FamilyTreeDNA for analysis. FamilyTree DNA is the global leader in genetic genealogy and has amassed the world’s largest DNA database–reportedly the best for DNA […]

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Sandy on February 6th, 2012

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 […]

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Sandy on January 24th, 2012

In an effort to heal their recent customer woes and provide a customer centric approach in 2012 , 23andMe has formed an Ambassadors group to help guide and influence their product development.  This move will also offer advise on user research, support request emails, community posts, social media and traditional media responses. This is a […]

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On December 14, 1991, Sarah Yarborough arrived at her Seattle, Washington,  high school early so that she could catch the 9:30 a.m. bus to take her cheerleading team to an away competition. Sarah’s body was found at 9:15 a.m. near her school by a jogger only 150 feet away from her parked car. She had […]

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In response to public outrage over their lapsed subscription policy 23andMe co-founder and CEO Anne Wojcicki has written a lengthy explanation on the company blog The Spittoon. I wrote about the situation in a recent article on SpittalStreet (click on the link to read the article). Great customer service is of equal importance to the bottom […]

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CeCe Moore who writes the Your Genetic Genealogist blog and Richard Hill of DNA Testing Adviser have both drawn attention to somewhat duplicitous Terms of Service (TOS) changes for v3 customers at well-known genetic testing company 23andMe. I would certainly take note of the censure since both Moore and Hill are known for giving sage advice […]

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Here’s a shout-out to 23andMe for not only making their information more interesting for genealogists this past year but also for their interesting research in personal genetics. They have an improved relative finder tool and have made groundbreaking research discoveries, thanks to members contributions in their study of the genetics of Parkinson’s Disease. It will […]

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To make sure that Ancestry.com met customer requirements, they asked users what they could do to make their research goals better. Based on the response, they put together a list of 12 improvements Ancestry will implement in 2012 as follows: “1. Announcing the 1940 U.S. Federal Census — the 72-year wait is over! The long-awaited […]

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Sandy on November 28th, 2011

If you’re a naturally kind person, it may actually be in your DNA. Researchers from California, Oregon and Toronto have apparently located a gene variation that is linked to being caring, empathetic and trustworthy. People who are homozygous for the “G allele of the rs53576 SNA of the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene tend to be […]

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For my Irish relatives and friends I think these finding are about haplogroups while the Celts are the mainstay of Irish heritage, DNA suggests that they weren’t first. You can find a link to Wikipedia at the end of this post to learn more about haplogroups. According to Irish Central the Celtic origins of the […]

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There’s been a lot writing and discussion in the media about Neanderthals recently and it’s probably due to the increased interest in DNA testing for genealogy and Haplogroups. For instance it has now been discovered that people who belong to the R1b group share a common ancestor with Egypt’s Pharoh Tutankhamun (about 1341 BC – 1323 […]

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According to an article in the Irish Times written by science editor Dick Ahlstrom, geneticists have teamed up to attempt to root out what it means to be truly Irish. The plan is to map families to their ancestral homes and focus on subtle genetic differences between hailing from Bantry as opposed to Ballinasloe. Details […]

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The following post on DNA Consultant’s blog is fascinating, so I’m passing it along: “Almost a century ago, British anthropologist Alfred Cort Haddon traveled the world seeking samples of human hair, among other curios, for his ethnographic studies of native people. The samples, which lay in a museum drawer for 90 years, included hair from […]

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If you live in California and have valid questions about participating in DNA tests, you’ll be interested to learn  that Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will prevent people from experiencing discrimination when buying a house, finding a job, health insurance, life insurance, getting a mortgage, and even education. In this day […]

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Ned Kelly was a famous Irish convict in Australia and, if you’re an Aussie you’ve often heard the expression, “As game as Ned Kelly”. In this context the word “game” means willing to face danger. Kelly was considered to be a “Robin Hood” type folk hero by some for his defiance against the British authorities […]

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Sandy on August 25th, 2011

I read a disturbing post on the DNA Consultants blog about a lady called Marcy who had a bad experience with a DNA company who manipulated her test results and likely those of other clients. After reading Marcy’s story, I do agree  when questions arise from the  results of a DNA test that vendors, even […]

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Here’s an interesting announcement from Family Tree DNA: “We are pleased to inform you about the launch of a new feature “Third Party” uploads. This will allow for the upload of 33 and 46-marker Y-DNA test results from Ancestry, GeneTree or Sorensen’s SMGF. This was a natural development since the necessary tools were created to […]

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Sandy on August 3rd, 2011

According to a Reuters London article that appeared on the West Australian newspaper site,  geneticists in Zurich, Switzerland, have reconstructed the DNA profile of the boy Pharaoh and have concluded that  up to 70 percent of British men and half of all the Western European men are related to Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Apparently King Tut […]

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Some of you may have read in newspaper or heard on TV that the journal Science stated that they had discovered that a genetic signature could predict longevity. I’d like to share a blog post by 23andMe informing readers that the authors have formally retracted the longevity study as follows: “Last summer, a study published in the […]

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Sandy on July 14th, 2011

According to Richard Hill’s post on his DNA Testing Adviser web site: “DNA Heritage ceased operations in April 2011 and transferred existing customer results to Family Tree DNA. FTDNA has now announced the conversion program. The Y-DNA conversion to the basic 25-marker level is free. Existing DNA Heritage customers should click the link below and opt […]

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I found an  interesting post on The Genetic Genealogist blog about  a new browser-based software out there called Interpretone. It is likely to be useful in examining autosomal  DNA testing results from 23andMe and Lumigenix (along with American International Biotechnology Services and Precision Quality DNA) is currently under FDA scruitiny–the FDA views these services as ones that […]

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The DNA test results for a family member have just come in and we’re amazed at the results. A few years ago, although I’d never considered it, I would have been wary of taking a DNA test. Because of the convincing security measures taken by the well-known testing services, there is probably more danger lurking […]

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According to Desert News, GeneTree.com has announced a new series of specialty DNA tests on Monday that identify a wider scope of one’s family history. The new tests provide more specific genetic information that makes possible the answers to what are considered puzzling genealogical issues—some that have been unanswered questions for generations. GeneTree.com new specialty […]

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I learned of this sale through Cynthia of Your Genetic Genealogist on my LinkedIn genealogy group page. Since the sale expires at midnight tonight it’s short notice but worthy of posting just in case. Take note of the coupon code and there’s also a link to where you can use the codeDNADAY2011 : New customers: […]

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