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I've just realised that I somehow gave the wrong date for mitochondrial Eve. I meant to say 200,000 years ago not 2000 years ago!
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+Puzzled Researcher I've always had the impression that the Colonial American families are huge and I often hear of gateway ancestors with thousands of descendants and whole projects or websites set up to document their descendants. We don't tend to see UK trees of the same size though I've never seen any studies that have tried to do a comparison. My guess is that we would need to get comparatively more people tested in the UK before people start getting fortuitous matches. I don't think the take-up of the AncestryDNA test is going to be so great here because of the high price in the UK (almost 50% more than FTDNA's Family Finder). £65 is affordable but people will think twice about paying £119. The 23andMe test is also more expensive (£125) but at least with the health and trait reports you get more value for your money.
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An excellent article from Adam Rutherford.
As we harvest ever more human genomes one fact remains unshakeable: race does not exist
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I should also add that the Daily Telegraph is a right wing newspaper and The Guardian is a left wing newspaper.
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A genetic astrology alert in advance of Sunday's TV programme on WelshDNA.
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DearMyrtle with the official press release about the partnership between +Family Tree DNA and +Findmypast
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An excellent article on the ethical reasons why mitochondrial DNA transfer should be allowed.
Parliament will debate allowing the treatment of mitochondrial diseases with micro-transplantation. It would be unethical to deny these children life
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The S4C programme on Welsh DNA is an "embarrassment to science" says Professor Mark Thomas.
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Arbenigwr ym maes geneteg yn honni bod profion DNA sy'n cael eu defnyddio i geisio darganfod hanes y Cymry ar S4C "yn achosi embaras i fyd gwyddoniaeth".
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Thanks Debbie. I'll have a read
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More on the controversial S4C programme on "Who are the Welsh?"
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Geneticists and linguists cannot agree on the home of Proto-Indo-European language.
New research suggests herders north of the Black Sea were early speakers of Proto-Indo-European, the ancient tongue that gave rise to hundreds of languages, including English
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Winchester Cathedral opens its mortuary chests. I hope they manage to get some DNA testing done on those old bones!  
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MPs say use to mitochondrial DNA donation.
MPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the creation of babies with DNA from two women and one man, in an historic move.
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An excellent blog post from +Blaine Bettinger showing how DNA segments get smaller over time.
Many genetic genealogists, myself included, often talk about DNA segments getting “broken up” or “broken down” as they are passed from one generation to the next. But this language can be misleading, since DNA isn’t really “broken up” into pieces… Continue Reading →
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