As many of you know, Phylotree has not been updated in several years. While I support Phylotree and Dr. Van Oven’s efforts, he has not answered emails in some time either. This is so for both many of you and for myself.
Since the publication of Paternal origin of Paleo-Indians in Siberia: insights from Y-chromosome sequences I have found myself contemplating the migration or migration of maternal lineages to the Americas. Generally, researchers have considered the timing to be deep, around 18,000 years ago.
I am going to keep things short this week, because I think the one topic I am covering is really important for us to understand. I am looking at the country of origin data for the project. This shows one of the limitations of the project and the FTDNA matching database.
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.
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.
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.
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.