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Looking forward to Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2015.
It's that time of the year again! Preparations are well in hand for the return of Genetic Genealogy Ireland for a third year, once again kindly sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA and organised by volunteers from ISOGG. This 3-day ser...
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A very good summary by Cathy Young of the Tim Hunt affair.
Remember Tim Hunt, the Nobel Prize-winning British biochemist mocked and vilified on Twitter and in the media after he reportedly told a gathering of women scientists that “girls” in the...
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Laefer was commenting on the false reports of what Hunt said rather than the consensus "transcript" that was subsequently published. If he really had said what he was reported to have said in the manner in which it was portrayed then Laefer's comments would have been justified. The comments only appeared to be insensitive and hurtful to those people who hadn't realised he was joking. 

Tim Hunt's use of self-deprecation and irony are characteristic of his personality. He uses the device in all his talks. In one talk, for example, he refers to himself as a "has been".  However, I agree that self-deprecation and irony don't travel well and he was ill advised to joke in this fashion to an international audience.

The reasons why so few women go into engineering and technology jobs are complex but I rather suspect that the main reason is not because they are concerned about perceived sexist remarks from the men they think they might be working with. We are all individuals and you can't extrapolate from one person's comments and assume that it applies to the whole male sex.

I sympathise with you over the problems of public speaking. It's something I've had to learn to do too, and I never imagined I would ever be able to do it. Whenever you look at any advice on public speaking the recommendation is always not to attempt any jokes. Unfortunately no one ever gives you any lessons in how to do it. I actually think it's an essential life skill that should be taught in all schools, or at least in universities. I actually did two courses at the Society of  Authors, one on "giving a reading" and another on "giving an interview", both of which I found very helpful but I still have a lot to learn.

My main concern about the whole affair was that I could see myself in a similar situation. I've sometimes made casual comments when answering questions after my talks (eg, I remember once making a comment about men not being very good at multi-tasking). The way the Tim Hunt affair was handled seemed to set a precedent. I deplore this whole idea of publicly shaming someone on Twitter. If I said something inappropriate I would much rather someone told me to my face, or at least registered a complaint with the organisers so that I wouldn't make the same mistake twice.
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How Y-DNA can help your one-name study. A recording of a presentation given by Guild member Maurice Gleeson at the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference in Toronto, Canada.
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A very useful guide to the inheritance pattern of the X-chromosome.
X-chromosomes follow unique inheritance patterns in the pedigree chart, so an x-match can be used to isolate DNA matches to particular lines or branches of your family tree.
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My first shaky leaf at AncestryDNA and my thoughts on AncestryHealth.
The AncestryDNA test is now starting to be rolled out in other countries. The test was officially launched in the US in May 2012. It became available in the UK and Ireland in January 2015, and was launched in Australia and Ne...
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Thanks for the heads-up re Family Tree DNA, I will do that once I have my results!
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An excellent article by Professor Athene Donald on the shoddy journalism in the Tim Hunt affair and the need for evidence, truth and integrity.
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The average British person has 193,000 living cousins according to new research by +Ancestry  There is a 1 in 300 chance that a stranger is your close relative (sixth cousin or closer). 
The research discovered a typical Brit had five first cousins, as well as 28 second, 175 third, 1,570 fourth, 17,300 fifth, and 174,000 sixth cousins
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A superb article from Razib Khan summarising the history of population genetics and the dramatic ancient DNA findings from the last few years.
*The past after the word* If science is hard, history is harder. Harder in that the goal is to understand what happened in ages which are fading away like evanescent ghosts of our imagination. But we must be cautious. We are a great storytelling species, seduced by narrative. The sort of empirically informed and rigorous analysis […]
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Garrett Hellenthal's talk on the People of the British Isles Project is now on the YouTube channel.
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An interesting blog post from AncestryDNA. Some surprisingly large segments are removed via the Timber algorithm.
When someone takes an AncestryDNA test, we compare their DNA to the DNA of the hundreds of thousands of other test-takers in the AncestryDNA database.  We’re looking for “DNA matches” — people who share DNA with one another, and so might be relatives. The main idea behind identifying a DNA match is to look for… Read more
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