Last 5 Days of Hot Summer Savings at Family Tree DNA

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.

2017-02-03T12:35:23+00:00 August 27th, 2016|Categories: News|

Harvard Launching Bioethics Class through EdX

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.

2017-02-03T12:35:23+00:00 July 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

The Encyclopedia of mtDNA Origins – GenBank data

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.

2017-02-03T12:35:23+00:00 July 10th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

The Encyclopedia of mtDNA Origins – Geno 2 Samples & Maternal Origin

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.

2017-02-03T12:35:24+00:00 July 9th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

The Encyclopedia of mtDNA Origins – Phylotree History Log

I have been working on the part that shows the current and historic definitions of a branch under Phylotree. From the first post, we have a user story --What the user wants. As a user with mtDNA results, I would like to know how the named branch is defined in the current Phylotree build and has been in past ones.

2017-02-03T12:35:24+00:00 July 7th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

The Encyclopedia of mtDNA Origins – Background and Summary Information

Continuing from my first post on the Encyclopedia of mtDNA Origins... After learning the basics of using the Pods framework to create custom post types, custom fields, and templates to present them on webpages, I decided to create an mtDNA stories custom post type. For those who don't know Wordpress, post types are different types of web pages. All pages of the same type share a common set of fields and features. Creating a type lets one add additional parts that only make sense for some pages.

2017-02-03T12:35:24+00:00 June 21st, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

The Encyclopedia of mtDNA Origins – A spark

The Encyclopedia of mtDNA Origins began as a idea of what the average person sought in their mtDNA results. In 2011 and early 2012, I was working with National Geographic to produce the research and text for the Geno 2.0 launch. It was a seemingly endless flurry of activity. The project took place across three moves and four homes: Virginia, Northern California, Kentucky, and finally Texas. I wrote over 400 pages of text. Much of what we talked about going into the project was completed. Some had to be set aside. Then it was complete.

2017-02-03T12:35:24+00:00 June 20th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

Coming updates from Family Tree DNA! 25 May 2016

The message below was sent to Family Tree DNA Project Administrators today. It looks like they are starting to roll out the requests submitted through the ISOGG Wiki. Dear Group Administrators, You asked for it – we listened! As you may have read in some of the genetic genealogy community blogs, we’ve made some adjustments [...]

2017-02-03T12:35:24+00:00 May 25th, 2016|Categories: News|

The Q-L245 SNP Pack – Update 2

A little over four months ago, the Q-L245 SNP Pack launched at Family Tree DNA. It was the product of years of advanced testing followed by months of SNP selection. Here are the first results from the Y-DNA Q project. Many thanks to my project co-administrators and all project members for making this possible. Background [...]

2017-02-03T12:35:27+00:00 April 28th, 2016|Categories: News, Q-M242|Tags: |

The Q-L245 SNP Pack – Update 1

During the BETA launch of the new Q-L245 SNP Pack panel over 50 people ordered. This is wonderful. We expect to discover many new things even with this first group. I have already learned more about what project members do and don’t know about their test results. For me, addressing this is one of the [...]

2017-02-03T12:35:27+00:00 December 18th, 2015|Categories: News, Q-M242|