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From: Wanda Shepherd <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] DNA Project
Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2001 21:16:15 -0500
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Sorry I can't agree with you. Those that don't want to know, can make a
decision. Personally, I have felt 'different ' all my life, even look different
than the rest of my family. I WANT to know who my family is or why do the gen.
at all? My mother wanted to "let sleeping dogs lie" and now I don't know who my
father is when I need the medical knowledge the most. What then? Medical
background can mean a lot in a life or death situation. It's just my

Mike and Gloria Nassau wrote:

> The male line is shown by the non-homologous part of the Y chromosome. Part
> of the Y pairs with part of the X in meiosis(the homologous part), and
> exchanges nucleotide sequences in crossovers like any other chromosomes.
> The other part has no partner and passes from father to son with no change
> except for random (and rare) mutation. This is the key to answering your
> question. A mutation in one line will be passed down to future generations
> and will distinguish it from other lines without the mutation. I don't know
> enough about how many sequences are readily separable and identifiable in
> this Y-DNA or what the mutation rate is to give you very good estimate. I
> would guess your chances of distinguishing lines separated by 100 years
> would be very low, those separated by 500 years fair, by 1000 years good,
> but that is just a wild guess.
> Personally, I would strongly urge against such a project unless people
> really understand what the findings might turn up and what they might mean.
> Descendants of Vladimir Walker don't have the Walker family Y chromosome
> they should, so he must have been fathered by someone other than his
> putative father. Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe he was a secret adoption, the
> illegitimate son of his putative father's sister. Still very much a Walker,
> but without the Y chromosome. Secret adoptions have been common until very
> recently. I would not like to be the person in charge of such a program and
> telling people that they or their father are not the child of who they
> think.
> Mitochondrial studies are so much safer, since mothers are known more
> reliably than fathers, and even they are thrown out of line by adoptions,
> hospital exchanges, etc. Sleeping dogs and all that.
> Mike Nassau
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <>
> To: <>
> Date: Thursday, February 01, 2001 4:01 PM
> Subject: [DNA] DNA Project
> >I am new to this list but this is my first post as I've been catching up on
> >the archived messages. I'm hoping that some of you more experienced in
> this
> >subject can advise me.
> >
> >I am researching my WALKER family surname. It would be easy to find
> several
> >paternally-linked male descendants from the different Walker families.
> Since
> >WALKER is a very common name, and we suspect that many from our area of
> >research are probably related, how would it benefit us to do a DNA testing
> >project if the results only show that there is a common ancestor
> "somewhere"?
> > Can someone explain if the alleles, markers, etc would show some of the
> >male paternally-linked subjects are more closely related than others....or
> >just that they are related somehere in the past.
> >
> >It just seems that all the WALKERs probably eventually connect with a
> common
> >ancestor if you go back far enough. I just need to know if there is a
> >probability that there would be enough different markers to separate the
> >different familes to make the testing worth the effort and expense.
> >
> >Thanks,
> >Suzanne (Walker) Hallstrom
> >
> >
> >
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