Archiver > GENEALOGY-DNA > 2004-03 > 1080492100

From: doug mcdonald <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Some thoughts about the near future
Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2004 08:41:45 -0800 (PST)
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One comment:

with enough people (100,000?) playing the
genealogy-DNA game, and a mutation rate of 1/30,000
for each SNP,
you are going to get random mutations of the SNP
markers for the haplogroups and thus will have to
do lots of them (lots of SNPs) to figure out what
a person who has "the" SNP mutation for two wildly
different groups really was, a few generations back.
In other words, you can't, in the long run, just
do one SNP and say "this haplogroup".

Even on this list there may be people complaining
about something like that with their MTDNA test.

Doug McDonald

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