Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Ancestry e-Symposium by DNAPrint Genomics

Well, this should be interesting: DNAPrint Genomics Announces Ancestry e-Symposium. In case you're not into genetic genealogy already, these are the folks who offer the BioGeographical test, sometimes also called AncestrybyDNA or simply, DNAPrint. And this is the test that breaks your heritage into four large geographic chunks: Indo-European, Sub-Saharan African, East Asian and Native American. I've taken the test and am supposedly about 86% Euro, 8% Native and 6% African (give or take those good old margins of error).

Anyway, the online conference is next Wednesday, July 19th, and will go from 11:00 to 2:30 p.m. EST. The slate of speakers? Pretty interesting actually:
  • Gavin Menzies, author: 1421: The Year the Chinese Discovered the World
  • Jason Eshleman, Trace Genetics: Ancient DNA
  • Edward Ball, author (think I've read all his books): Genealogy & DNA Technology
  • Brian M. Kemp, Dept of Anthropology, U of CA, Davis: Peopling of the Americas
  • Jeff Long: Prof of Genetics and Adj Prof of Biostatistics, U of MI: Raced Global Analysis of Human Genetic Structure
  • Toomas Kivisild, Sr Scientist, Estonian Biocentre (I've dealt with these guys before - they really know their stuff!): Genetic Variation in Asia
  • Tony Frudakis, Chief Scientific Officer, DNAPrint Genomics: Ancestry by DNA

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