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From: "Brian P. Swann" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] 23andme test vs. mtDNA full sequencing for genealogy
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2012 18:30:20 +0100
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Dear Ann

Well, I just signed up in the latest FTDNA price reduction to get my mtDNA

And as soon as the result comes in, it gets turned over to you for a careful
look at any medical consequences based on that sequence.

I felt I could not be as interested in what mtDNA codes for - for real - in
the human cell. And remain aloof from not being tested /sequenced myself.
I don't anticipate learning anything useful in relation to my real family
history - but re-watching The Gene Code also made me think I really should
do this.

So maybe Rebekah Canada is right - and we will be up to 20,000+ full mtDNA
sequences in the FTDNA database by the end of 2012.


-----Original Message-----
[mailto:] On Behalf Of Ann Turner
Sent: 22 April 2012 17:15
Subject: Re: [DNA] 23andme test vs. mtDNA full sequencing for genealogy

By definition, there wouldn't be any medical information about novel mtDNA
mutations. However, when I write my custom mtDNA reports, I *estimate* the
possibility that a mutation would affect mitochondrial function. Some
mutations are "synonymous" -- they code for the same amino acid, so the
protein is unchanged.

For genealogy, novel mutations are more recent, so they narrow down the pool
of matches. Maybe to none. If you do find a match, it's more significant. As
Rebekah said in another post, mtDNA (and all DNA testing) is most productive
when you begin with a hypothesis about whether two people are related.

Ann Turner

On Sat, Apr 21, 2012 at 2:30 PM, <> wrote:

Ann, could you tell me what finding completely novel mutations would help
with. Would they tell you something about your health or genealogy?

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