I am starting my first big adventure for the Genetic Genealogy Compendium. Four major genetic genealogy test sellers use microarray chips (Genotyping BeadChips) for products: Ancestry.com, 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, and the National Geographic Genographic Project.
This morning, I am pushing the Encyclopedia of mtDNA Origins out into the world. Each of the requirements for it is complete. What remains is doing quality assurance work and flushing out the basic background text.
I am continuing my work on the Encyclopedia of mtDNA Origins from last time… Today, I am working on the final requirement in the project to create mtDNA pages for all named branches of our shared maternal tree. It is a list of additional resources to help the user understand and enjoy their results.
I am continuing my work on the Encyclopedia of mtDNA Origins from last time… This is a project that will create mtDNA pages for all named branches of our shared maternal tree. This time I will talk about the ninth requirement, a list of academic journal articles that mention the branch.
It is time again for John Reid's Rock Star Genealogist competition. Here are my top five picks from the genetic genealogy community.
The Institute for Genetic Genealogy and the DNA Detectives group are co-sponsoring a weekend of learning this October. Speakers will cover the basics of DNA testing for genealogy, using DNA for unknown parentage (adoption), and advanced topics in mtDNA, Y-DNA, and autosomal DNA testing.
Family Tree DNA has announced that their Sizzling Summer Sale will end at Midnight (Central Time, USA) Wednesday, August 31st 2016! This means we have just 5 more days to order Family Finder autosomal DNA tests and testing bundles at sale prices.
A new open online class on bioethics through EdX goes live this September. Taught by Harvard, it looks to target law and medical students. The topics though are relevant to our genetic genealogy community. From the EdX site: The content within this course is intended to be instructive, and show how legal reasoning has been applied, or could be applied, to questions related to parenthood, reproduction, and other issues surrounding human genetic material. The material organized within this course should be considered an authoritative overview, but is not intended to serve as medical or legal advice.
I am building the table for mtDNA sequences from GenBank. GenBank sequences are the main source for defining branches on the maternal tree. Therefore, they help us understand not only the origins of a branch but the current structure of the tree -- what we know and its limits.
This is a project that will create mtDNA pages for all named subclades. One part of each page will hold a table of results from National Geographic's Genographic Project's Geno 2 results. The combination of accademic sample collection and public participation, the Genographic database is one of the largest sources of mtDNA result with maternal ancestry information.