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HAPPY NEW YEAR!Â I hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing start to the new year.Â Thank you for reading TGG in 2008, and I hope you are as excited as I am about the developments in genetic genealogy that 2009 is sure to bring!
Here is a recap of some of the most recent news in genetic genealogy and personalized genomics in the end of 2008:
Personalized medicine covered in the New York Times.
Dr. Marjolein Kriek, First Woman to Have Her DNA Sequence Determined (HT: Megan Smolenyak).
DNA results show no link to ancient human remains – About 230 Native people participated in study to find ShukÃ¡ Kaa descendants.Â Dr. Brian Kemp, who I interviewed back in 2007, is attempting to find maternal relatives of 10,300 year-old remains named ShukÃ¡ Kaa (Man Before Us) who is Haplogroup D.Â Native Americans are often reluctant to donate their DNA, and this collection represents a huge sampling of Native mtDNA.Â I hope the sequences will be shared.Â See more here and here.
The Spittoon, 23andMeâ€™s blog, has really focused on genetic genealogy this month.Â There are two interesting articles, one regarding the Y-chromosome and one regarding the X-chromsome.Â â€œ Whatâ€™s in a Name: Surnames and the Y-Chromosomeâ€ and â€œX Marks the Spot: New Study Reveals Value of X-Chromosome in Tracing Prehistoric Human Migrations.â€
Look into the eyes of the PGP-10 at Genetic Future â€“ Daniel MacArthur posts photos of the Personal Genome Projectâ€™s â€œFirst 10â€ and discusses the current phase of the PGP.Â Additionally, The Personal Genome has a â€œVideo Interview with Stanley Lapidus of the PGP-10â€.
2008 in review: Ethnicity Strikes Back at Dienekesâ€™ Anthropology Blog.Â From the post: â€œIt is now clear that ethnic groups are not only cultural-political formations, but also (at least in part) distinct biological entities, emerging naturally as clusters of similarity from the genetic continuum.â€Â Be sure to read the comments for an interesting and heated discussion.
Thomas Goetz has a blog called â€œThe Decision Tree,â€ which will also be the name of a new book that Goetz is writing about the shift from physician-directed medical treatment to patient-directed treatment, including a perspective on personalized genetics.Â A re-launching post is here â€“ I highly recommend subscribing to this blog.Â Attila has further discussion with â€œThe Decision Tree: Thomas Goetzâ€™s upcoming book on predictive/personalized medicine.â€