Academic Year 2010-2011

Event Title

Exploring Identity Through Genetic and Genealogical Research

Disciplines

Genetics

Description

In this presentation, Schmitt and Doan examined data from student projects completed in their HONR 1000N Genetics and Genealogy course, taught during winter 2010. Students traced their deep ancestry through mitochondrial and Y-chromosome DNA analysis, as well as more recent ancestry, using genealogical databases and family histories. Frequently, students were challenged or pleasantly surprised by the information they gleaned. Genetic and genealogical research can provide clues to one’s identity and ethnic background, as well as potential medical conditions.

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Exploring Identity Through Genetic and Genealogical Research

In this presentation, Schmitt and Doan examined data from student projects completed in their HONR 1000N Genetics and Genealogy course, taught during winter 2010. Students traced their deep ancestry through mitochondrial and Y-chromosome DNA analysis, as well as more recent ancestry, using genealogical databases and family histories. Frequently, students were challenged or pleasantly surprised by the information they gleaned. Genetic and genealogical research can provide clues to one’s identity and ethnic background, as well as potential medical conditions.