DNA map of Europe

Ken writes: The NY Times has an interesting article describing new research that plots the extent of genetic relatedness in Europe on a map. One of the points of interest to me is the extent of overlap between the Irish and British groups. It’s very high, which just goes to show that we should all just get along. The findings (on this overlap) bears out Stephen Oppenheimer’s findings, which I discussed in this blog last year.


3 thoughts on “DNA map of Europe

  1. Speaking of DNA, a funny thing occurred when Becky and I went to visit the midwife for the first time last year. They have these forms they have to fill out and she was taking all the required information. One of the questions was about the parents’ ethnic origin, because they look out for certain illnesses if you are from certain ethnic groups (so they say — I think they are passing the information on the the Daily Mail who enter it into a paranoid database which will set off alarms in the headquarters of all the major tabloids on the day the last pure white British person is bred out of existence). But the ethnicities were expressed using some geographic terms. So when it came to me, she was baffled and kept reading over the options. I tried to tell her several times that white European was the only one that made any sense, but she couldn’t get over the fact that I was from America and eventually chose something like Mestizo.

  2. Dot

    An instance of the idiocy of multiple choice options that don’t allow you to put the real answer in. When I had my final meeting with my Community Mother (the lady who persuaded me to find a childminder not a creche for Hugh), she had to fill in a questionnaire designed to assess my mental state, and we had fun guessing what the answers were meant to indicate. One question was ‘Do you want to stay at home and not go out (a) never; (b) sometimes; (c) often; (d) all of the time?’ The true answer for me would be (c), because I often wish I could stay home and spend time with Hugh rather than going into work, but since the aim of the question was to assess whether I was depressed or not we put (a), to stress how happy and sorted I am. (Ha ha ha.)

    Clem has some pretty interesting DNA. So does Hugh – though not as mixed as his family’s recent geographical origins, given that Ken’s mother’s family is Scottish and his father’s English/Danish.

  3. My parents actually sent mouth swabs in to this big DNA project in the States (well, they call it a project — I call it surveillance) in order to find out something about themselves. I think it was to do with mitochondrial DNA though I can’t remember. The result was they descend, or their mitochondrial DNA descends, from peoples engaged in two different migrations from Africa separated by quite a long span of years. My father’s group migrated through the Middle East into southern Europe and my mother’s into northern Europe. I think his moved through first, though I’m not sure. But as for Clem’s more recent ancestors, except for one Cherokee squaw four of five generations ago, I think my side of him traces back to Europe within at most 250 years.

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