Thursday, June 26, 2008

FTDNA discounts for Y DNA upgrades

FTDNA has announced a discount on the pricing for Y DNA upgrade tests. Elligible participants should have received an email announcing the discount. In the 10 projects I admin or co-admin, there are a large number of returned undelivered emails. If you are part of an FTDNA DNA study, go to your personal web page at FTDNA and make sure your current email address is entered there.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Ajay Royyuru's Genographic Project lecture in Melbourne

From the ISOGG discussion List:
Ajay Royyuru gave a Genographic Project lecture at the Alfred Deakin Lecture Series in Melbourne on 7 June:
Direct link: Part%201.m4a

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Coriell Institute for Medical Research free medical genetic testing

Yesterday I went to the Coriell Institute, in Camden, New Jersey, where I attended a lecture on their free medical genetic testing program. Part of the lecture was a review of their informed consent form, which I had previously received via an email attachment. At the end of the review I answered a few questions on the form and signed up for the testing. At that point I went to their lab and donated some saliva, and received a bar code to be used to retrieve results sometime around September of this year. Since this is a medical test, results will only be given for medically informative markers that have a treatment or lifestyle option for mitigation. If there is no cure or no effective lifestyle change to avoid the problem, then we will not be informed of that medical condition. The testing chip is the Affymetrix GeneChip, Genome wide Human SNP Array 6.0, As you can see at that page it does contain X and Y chromosome and mtDNA SNPs. I'll be lobbying for release of those results as well as the medical results. I do not believe we will receive the raw results of these tests.

If you are anywhere near Camden, I strongly urge you to consider this testing opportunity if you are interested in your genetic medical profile,

Monday, June 02, 2008

Color, Controversy and DNA

Color, Controversy and DNA
By Henry Louis Gates Jr. |

A conversation between The Root Editor-in-Chief Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Nobel laureate and DNA pioneer James Watson about race and genetics, Jewish intelligence, blacks and basketball and Watson's African roots.
Transcript of the conversation.