FW: 1st DNA Info. worth repeating
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jewelle Baker" <jewelle@...>
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
> 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,
> 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
> 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
> the country, each with a written genealogy that extends back at least to
> their great-great-grandparents, have given Woodward a few teaspoons of
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> major advances in genealogy," said Gaulin, who donated blood himself.
> 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
> remember that genetic material is just another clue in the search for
> 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
> 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