[LMB] No lefties
WILLIAM A WENRICH
wawenri at msn.com
Mon Oct 14 00:56:47 BST 2019
Recently I heard about an African-American woman who went to a gene tracking site that tracked the mitochondrial DNA. To her surprise, the results said that she was European.
If a European woman had a female child by an African man and each generation thereafter was descended through a female child , the current generation would test as European.
I have a problem, with some of the commercials at least, for the companies that track genetic ancestry. For example, one woman found that her ancestors came from Nigeria. She bought a traditional hat from Nigeria and said that helped her connect to her culture. I disagree. Culture is not transmitted genetically. That woman had no more connection to the culture in Nigeria than to Sweden. Less if she grew up in Minnesota around people who brought at least some of their culture with them when they migrated.
Christian, husband, father, granddaddy, son, American. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me.
William A Wenrich
From: lois-bujold-bounces at lists.herald.co.uk <lois-bujold-bounces at lists.herald.co.uk> on behalf of Gwynne Powell <gwynnepowell at hotmail.com>
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Subject: [LMB] No lefties
From: "Harvey Fishman" <fishman at panix.com>
>But this was an unbroken female line.
Just what does that mean? Everyone has an unbroken female line of
Gwynne: That's why I wish I could find the book; it's all explained so much
better. They can tie it to time and place. Mutations in Mitochondrial DNA
occur much less frequently than in our DNA, and they can average it out to
a particular rate, then look at populations that have certain changes in
common, and see basically who split off when and where.
It showed a general migration of certain populations at times and places that,
up until their research, weren't part of the generally accepted timeline.
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