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  • Jewelle Baker
    ... From: Jewelle Baker To: Sent: Sunday, March 04, 2001 3:45 PM Subject: [genpcfr] Genealogy DNA ... is
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      From: "Jewelle Baker" <jewelle@...>
      To: <genpcfr@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sunday, March 04, 2001 3:45 PM
      Subject: [genpcfr] Genealogy DNA


      > Hello Group:
      > Gleaned from today's Kinston Free Press / Sunday, March 4, 2001 ...
      > I wanted to be sure all of you saw this.... very interesting
      > concept and as Spock would say, "Fascinating!"
      >
      > >History Hunters Close To New Technique
      > >by The Associated Press
      >
      > >PROVO, Utah ----- Genealogical research has always meant days in dusty
      > archives and searches through miles of microfiche and stacks of faded
      > photographs.
      > But soon, history hunters might be able to find out where they're from
      > with a quick cheek swab and a few hours of gene testing.
      > Scott Woodward, a microbiology professor at Brigham Young University,
      is
      > directing a project that combines old-fashioned genealogy with the latest
      > technology in the hope of making it easier to fill out family trees.
      > "Each of us carries a history of who we are and how we're related to
      the
      > whole world", Woodward said as he pored over blood samples in his busy
      > campus laboratory. "We're trying to decode that history."
      > The process begins with the prick of a needle. Volunteers from all
      over
      > the country, each with a written genealogy that extends back at least to
      > their great-great-grandparents, have given Woodward a few teaspoons of
      blood
      > during the first year of the project.
      > DNA from the blood is analyzed to create a map of about 250 simple
      > genetic markers.
      > In the future, a supercomputer will create a matrix of all those genes
      > and the historical data from the donated family trees. Woodward says
      he'll
      > then be able to focus on any spot in space and time -- say, Denmark in
      > 1886 -- to identify the genes residents carried.
      > That means future genealogists, perhaps just five or 10 years from
      now,
      > will be able to submit their own DNA and a query. Because all names are
      > stripped off the blood samples and charts to protect privacy, it is
      > impossible to track specific individuals. But a researcher could ask
      where
      > his or her great-grandmother was from, and Woodward could answer: she was
      > born in Denmark around 1886.
      > That's an exciting proposition, said Ed Gaulin, president of the
      > Manasota Genealogical Society in Bradenton, Fla., which helped organize a
      > recent sampling trip by the BYU researchers to western Florida.
      > "I've been at this genealogy thing since I was a kid and I've seen
      three
      > major advances in genealogy," said Gaulin, who donated blood himself.
      "The
      > photocopier was the first, the next was the computer, and the third one is
      > DNA. That's where I put this. It's that important."
      > "There have been people out there suggesting that DNA will be the
      > guideline for pedigrees in the future," said Russ Henderson, spokesman for
      > the National Genealogical Society. But he warned that genealogy buffs
      should
      > remember that genetic material is just another clue in the search for
      their
      > ancestors.
      > At least 11,000 people have donated blood so far, a bit more than the
      > initial one-year goal of 10,000, and Woodward hopes to collect another
      > 30,000 samples this year. He figures he needs 100,000 for a solid
      database,
      > which he could have in three years.>
      >
      > [Note: A photo is shown with the article with this caption]
      > >DNA samples line the shelves in a cold storage room (above) at Brigham
      > Young University, where ethnic traces within the DNA are being analyzed to
      > determine a person's genealogical background by microbiology professor
      Scott
      > Woodward.>
      >
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