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Read reviews of science articles, new research and news reports on ancestry testing, ancient DNA and popular genetics

Archeology Venturing into Uncharted Waters

Genetic studies are beginning to fill in the missing pieces in the history and prehistory of seafaring. “By carefully sorting genetic data from living people, a researcher at this recent meeting covered in Science reported that around 6000 B.C.E., early seaferers indeed spread their seed–both agricultural and genetic–from their homeland in the Near East as far west across the Mediterranean as Marseilles, but no farther.”

Zealotry Rebuked by Academicians

A Change of Biblical Proportions Strikes Mideast Archaeology

Andrew Lawler

Science 10 December 2010:
Vol. 330 no. 6010 pp. 1472-1473
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6010.1472-a

What Do You Call It?

Surely Not “Ancestry Painting and Global Similarity”

We were surprised to see what DNA testing companies are calling their autosomal products these days. Ours is the DNA Fingerprint family of products, but 23&me calls their entry “Ancestry Painting and Global Similarity” and “Personal Genome Service.” Others offer “Genetic Ancestry Analysis,” “Family Finders,” and “Ancestral Origins.”

US, EU Move to Regulate Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing

Discussion is accelerating in the United States and European Union to regulate private genomic testing that provides consumers medical information, according to Science magazine and the European Journal of Human Genetics. No mention is made in the reams of white papers about ancestry testing, but some of the pitfalls and bureaucratic morasses in the thinking about true genetic/medical testing are fairly ominous, if not silly.

Elizabeth Rex

Like Egyptian Queen Hapshepsut, who wore the royal beard in portraits, Queen Elizabeth I was careful to refer to herself as a “prince,” not “princess,” and sign her name Elizabeth R. (the Rstanding for Rex, “king”).

When Ireland Was Jewish

The royal mound cemetery at Taillten, modern Telltown in County Meath, houses the burials of numerous kings and nobles from early Ireland. These begin with Ollamh Fodhla, whose death occurred in 1277 B.C.E., and run to just before Conchobar Mac Ness, who died in A.D. 33 according to the Annals of Tighernach, written in Old Irish and Latin in the early Middle Ages. Pronounced “CON ah war,” Conchobar is the first of the name Connor or O’Connor in Irish annals. His mother was Queen Ness, and his nephew Cuchulain, the famous hero of the Ulster cycle of stories.