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From: David Faux <>
Subject: [DNA] KCAL 9 News Report on using DNA to trace ancestry
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 22:43:14 -0800 (PST)


Much to my surprise, while watching KCAL, Los Angeles, Channel 9, 10 o'clock news, they announced a segment on tracing your heritage using DNA technology.

They began by discussing how many people are interested in tracing their roots, but by using traditional genealogical techniques, the trail often dead ends somewhere on the East Coast - but there is a way to break through this brick wall - DNA testing.

Using Pat Harvey, the KCAL news anchor, who is African - American, the process from sample collection to analysis was shown. The lab used was Trace Genetics. Ripan Mahli (who has been noted before on this List) was interviewed. The news report indicated that the testing costs between $270 and $500 USD, that it is 98% accurate, and that the results are available in a week.

Before describing Pat's results, they showed an interview with a woman who learned that her ancestors came from a specific region in Africa. Pat's results indicated that her mitochondrial haplogroup was the same as the "Caucasian" scientist who did the testing - both shared an unnamed group that originated in the Middle East in locations such as Iran (presumably "J"?).

Further information is available on the website for the TV station at www.kcal9.com .

The point is that one of the largest TV stations in the second largest city in the USA chose to do a report on the stuff that we all find so fascinating. Clearly a result of this segment is likely to be an increase in the interest in the relationship between DNA and genealogy.

David F.


Dr. David K. Faux, P.O. Box 192, Seal Beach, CA, 90740, USA



www.davidkfaux.org



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