Already we are posting a DNA update to the original update. This can’t wait till February.
Family Tree DNA is sponsoring a series of genetic genealogy webinars with Elise Friedman of Relative Roots. Since the first on Family Tree DNA’s new X matching feature is today, I hope this will be available later for viewing as some have been.
Family Tree DNA Feature Launch: X Chromosome Matches in Family Finder.
Time: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 @ 12pm Central
The next webinars will be January 9 – Managing Your Personal Account; January 14 – Family Tree DNA Results Explained, Part 3: Family Finder; January 21 – Mind the GAP: Beginner’s Guide to the Group Administration Page at Family Tree DNA; January 28 -Advanced Topics at Family Tree DNA, Part 1: Y-DNA.
For full details and registration links, see Shannon Christmas’ Through the Trees blog.
The next BCGS DNA Group meeting will be at the February 12th BCGS General Meeting to be held from 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.
We’ll be discussing using charts to decide on and analyze DNA testing and we’ll, no doubt, be talking about the new Big-Y test from Family Tree DNA.
2013 was a very interesting (and sometimes frustrating) year for genetic genealogy and 2014 is likely to be similar.
If you’d like to review 2013, Roberta Estes has a recap at her blog, DNAeXplained, “2013’s Dynamic Dozen – Top Genetic Genealogy Happenings” (posted on 28 December, 2013).
One DNA genealogy related happening I’d add to her list is the decision that two of Henrietta Lacks’ descendants will now be in the United States National Institutes of Health HeLa Genome Data Access working group which approves research on Henrietta Lacks’ genome. Since her death in the 1950s, Henrietta Lacks’ cancer ‘HeLa’ cells have been replicated over and over and used in thousands of medical studies – without her or her descendants’ knowledge or consent. See the Nature article about this 2013 agreement, “Deal done over HeLa cell line” by Ewen Calloway (posted 7 August 2013).
For more about Henrietta Lacks, her story and the medical and ethical questions surrounding her HeLa cells, read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (2010). BCGS Library.