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Thread: Your thoughts on Haplotype research

  1. #1 Your thoughts on Haplotype research 
    Forum Freshman Porphyrogenita's Avatar
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    Apr 2010
    When I was an undergrad, I was seduced by National Geographic's "Genographic Project." I ordered the kit, swabbed my cheek, and waited for NG to tell me about my ancestors. (I did only the mtDNA test.)

    Now I know I'm Haplogroup U, but not the subgroup or anything more specific. I know that my ancestors are from somewhere in Europe or the Near East. Ok, I already knew that... I know that U is closely related to K and R. I know my group exists at a frequency of about 7%. Great. They seemed to know all of that by the time I gave my sample, so how was I helpful? Did they just want my 100$? I don't mean to sound negative, just skeptical. I also understand that what they gave me is only my mother's maternal side haplotype, which is not all there is to me. How is it really helpful for us to make haplogroup maps if we don't even get the full picture from each participant. Is it that I can only pass on my mtDNA to my potential offspring? I am not in the natural sciences, so I'd like to hear what others here think.

    I assume the people on this forum have background in Bio or a related field. What do you think of this project and other current haplotype research? Has anyone else found out their haplotype through this or any other study?

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    Forum Cosmic Wizard i_feel_tiredsleepy's Avatar
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    My maternal lineage is Native North American, I'm not all that curious, but I think most natives share the same haplotype, with an origin in East Asia.

    They use mtDNA because it is 100% inherited from your mother, which results in much less diversity in the human population than other possible genetic markers. The Y chromosome is useful for this too, but only men have that, while everyone has mtDNA.

    I've never looked into those self-testing things, I kind of feel they're a waste of money, and the ones that claim to say you're related to Marie Antoinette or other such historical person because of your haplotype are being ridiculous. National Geographic is probably a more trustworthy company than most though. For now, I think haplotypes are nothing more than a curiosity, and it tells us some interesting stuff about where people moved around from.

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    Aug 2010
    Haplotype research seems to be yet another way segregating human populations, and one which reinforces the illusion that race is a biological reality. For that reason i am wary of it.

    However, only you can answer whether you got your moneys worth.

    The increasing interest in it seems to be a consequence of people seeking their 'identity' from biological descent, perhaps a consequence of social isolation. Or maybe this is sort of thing Americans have a special interest in?
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