April 15, 2005

Update on the Geographic Project public participation kit

According to FTDNA which will be performing the actual testing, males can expect a standard 12 Y-STR test, and females a standard HVR1 test, which are essentially the same tests currently performed by FTDNA for almost the exact same price. I would therefore not encourage people to take this test, unless they were planning to take such a test anyway. In any case, the Genographic Project page suggests that it will inform users about their "deep ancestry", something which cannot be done on the basis of 12 Y-STRs, as the haplotype distributions of many haplogroups overlap.

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