Sunday, February 11, 2007

Polish DNA Project

From the PolishAmericanForum, news about a Polish DNA project:
Anyone whose patrilineal line (father's father's father's father) or
matrilineal line (mother's mother's mother's mother) is Polish is
invited to participate in the Polish DNA Project affiliated with
Family Tree DNA. I am the project's volunteer co-administrator.
Unfortunately, there is no grant money for this, so participants must
purchase their own tests, either directly from Family Tree DNA or
indirectly through National Geographic's Genographic Project.

The patrilineal line is tested via the Y chromosome, which is passed
directly from father to son except for occasional random mutations.
All human Y chromosomes appear to trace back to a particular man who
lived roughly 70,000 years ago. (You can think of him as Noah if you
wish, although chromomsomes certainly don't tell us his name!)

The matrilineal line is tested via the mitochondrial DNA, which is
passed directly from mother to daughter except for occasional random
mutations. All human mitochondrial DNA appears to trace back to a
particular woman who lived roughly 150,000 years ago. (Again, you
can think of her as Eve if you wish, though she is not necessarily as
special as that name implies.)

Our project web site is

http://www.ftdna.com/public/polish

Feel free to contact me, the co-administrator, with questions:
lgmayka@ieee.org .
I'm not endorsing or recommending this project... just passing the information along :-)

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