Lima is the capital city of Peru in South America. It is unsurprising then that the 1000 Genomes project found a Q sample there. Sample HG01944 from that project though does not seem to belong in South America. You see, it is Q-M120, and that is an East Asian lineage.
The project is currently working to fund two BIG Ys. The first kit is N58043. His known origins trace to the city of Varanasi in India.
Way way back in 2010, the project funded Walk Through the Y testing for a number of project members. One of those was a Guatemalan participant with Mayan ancestry.
We are two weeks into Q-Backbone SNP Pack orders, and the project just saw its 107th order. I am thrilled and excited. Many of those testing have uncommon Y-STR result profiles (haplotypes). That means that the Q-Backbone results will be a complete surprise.
Family Tree DNA will soon launch the Q-Backbone SNP Panel. The price is $39 US. To encourage testing, the Q-M242 project is offering the first 100 project members to order an additional $10 US off. Here is what you need to do to get the special price.
Thanks to donations to the project, we were able to order BIG Y for a SCOTT surname member of the project during the last sale. Results are expected in 8 to 10 weeks. Thank you to all who helped.
Amy Krakoski O'Leary & Michael Sager have updated the Q-L932 branches of the tree. One of the main branches under Q-L940, Q-L932 spans Europe and Asia.
I am thrilled to say that we funded and ordered the BIG Y for the Siberian Tatar during the last sale. The generosity of all involved is most appreciated. Results should be back in 8 to 10 weeks.
I have long argued that Q is not a recent arrival in Europe. My belief has been supported by a new paper. The paper, The Genomic History Of Southeastern Europe, is in draft form at bioRxiv.
DNA testing in a citizen science project like the Q-M242 Haplogroup project must be both progressive and pragmatic. Testing is progressive when it uses new technologies like BIG Y and advanced SNP packs to discover and explore new branches. It is pragmatic when it recognizes that all cannot afford the price of such tests and finds other options.