Conferences

PDF slides of some presentations from Family Tree DNA's "6th International Conference on Genetic Genealogy", which took place at the end of October: Family Finder: Looking Under the Hood; Family Finder & Population Finder; "Inferring Genetic Ancestry: Oppourtunities, Challenges, and Implications"; IT Roadmap 2010; Predicting Individual Ancestry Using Genome-wide Genetic Data; Summarizing and Anticipating the Next Decade with NRY, mtDNA, and Autosomal DNA; Walk Through the Y Project.

Michael Hammer (according to an attendee): "village of origin can and will be done in the future as the database grows".

The 60th Annual ASHG meeting was held November 2-6 in Washington, D.C. A 23andMe employee comments and links to other coverage (see end of post) here. Video and slides from a 1000 Genomes Project tutorial here.
According to Luke Jostins:
at Biology of Genomes conference in May of next year; we’ll be putting out a large (~1100) sample dataset from around a dozen populations. These will be based on low-coverage whole-genome and high-coverage exome data on every sample, along with >2M genotypes from the Omni2.5 chip, to create a very high-quality set of data. Lots of work is going into putting together combined SNP, indel and CNV calls as nicely phased haplotypes. This dataset should be a massive boon to association studies
This should also provide an additional public source of data for people undertaking projects like Polako's and Dienekes'.

6 comments:

Mark said...

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ArAJcY18g2GadHFPbFViOENUNE9ZeGRDdGhtdHRHREE&hl=en&authkey=CMLu_oYC


Population Euro%

French Basque 99.3
Lithuanian 97.9
Orcadian 93.7
Finnish 89.9
German 89.1
French 85.6
Russian 84.1

Spaniards 82.3
Portuguese 76.5
North Italian 72.7
Greek 52.5
Southern Italian Sicilian 43.3
Cypriots 26.4

Ashkenazi Jews 42.7
Sephardic Jews 35.5
Turks 21.4
Armenian 20.7

hailtoyou said...

Mark, something's screwy with those figures.

"Scandinavian" = 22.5% "South-European"?

I'd also note that all sample sizes are under 30, except "Beduoin" and "Palestinian".

Brandon said...

Just to be clear, West Asians and Northwest Africans are fully Caucasoid elements.

I think that the South Euro scores are about right for Scandinavian, given the brunets there, as opposed to Lithuania, which gets a very high North Euro score.

Silver said...

Hail, it depends on what is meant by "Southern European." Presumably it refers to an ancient population, not the present inhabitants. Speculatively, one might search for prototypical examples among common phenotypes between French Basques and Sards, based on the premise that between the Northern European contribution (a greater proportion but also more recessive) to Basques and the West Asian contribution to Sards "pure" types may be identified.

I notice Mark, in true partisan style, leaves out mentioning Sardinians, which according to his method, come in at ~85%, edging out WN mainstays in which much hope is placed, the rooskies. Supposedly the amalgam which contributes to the non-European portion of Russian ancestry is superior to the sole source of the non-European portion of Sards -- West Asian (read "JEWS!!!")

Of course, the elemental social significance of the physical aspect of race is simply the capacity to visually identify one's own. Marks of the world relax. The genetics will seldom be considered more than an afterthought. Far more important and powerful are the knowledge of shared origins, including shared histories (particularly shared historical struggles) and the impetus they provide to find common cause (which in turn provides its own impetus for the self-appreciation often going by the name of "superiority" or "supremacy" -- regardless of how "technically" warranted it is).

Anonymous said...

I just offered a sample, there are many more I didn't include either. There was no strategy involved.

I gave the link so you could peruse the rest at your leisure.

I consider genetics to be supplemental to racial anthropology and genealogy. It's another tool to understand our history.

Mark said...

Misclicked. :)