Sunday, January 11, 2009

Mystery heritage!

More than a month ago I submitted a DNA sample to the National Geographic Genographic project. Basically it traces your deep ancestry. While I'm fairly confident in my paternal heritage being Northern European and specifically Scottish/British (and perhaps, due to my specific clan, Viking in origin), I received the following message when I logged in to my Genographic page:


Your sample has completed the DNA analysis phase of testing. However, during quality control your initial results failed to clearly indicate your haplogroup. We must perform additional testing to accurately determine your deep ancestral lineage. This is not uncommon, but will delay the posting of your results by two to three weeks.

We appreciate your patience. Please also note that this delay is a sign of the Project's success in increasing the diversity of samples in our database.

If we find that there is a problem at any point during the processing of your sample, you will receive an updated message when you log in to check your status."

The implication here seems to be that my particular genetic sample may be new to their database. How exciting! Perhaps my ancestry is not as clear-cut as I assumed. Or, more likely, I messed up the sample some how. It could perhaps also indicate that my genetic relatives are too tight-fisted to plunk down the money to get a genetic heritage test.


  1. Waiting for your results with much interest. I saw the 60 minutes piece on this a few months ago. Seems there's a lot of speculation about what these kinds of tests actually mean.

  2. Yes, the controversy is interesting. All it really shows, however, is that there is a difference from where people lived that shows up in the mutations in their genes. It is is still very difficult to tell us apart as humans, given that we share pretty much 99.9% of our genetic material.

  3. Very interesting! I will also be waiting and watching to hear.

  4. Wouldn't it be cool if you were a mutant? I mean we've always suspected, but still, confirmation would be nice.