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From: "Lowe DNA" <>
Subject: RE: [DNA] Finding new USEFUL SNPs?
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2005 13:20:54 -0600
Mike, Ken, David...
I have another take on this... FTDNA and Arizona University
seem to be cruising along with their splendid cooperative
What in the deuce are these other universities doing... There
is a billion dollars or more out here with the boomers. That
ain't loose change. If I were an younger person, and an
academic about to loose a job...the FTDNA-Arizona model
might be one to look at a bit closer.
You can be reactive and die, or be proactive and creative.
Sent: Friday, March 18, 2005 12:05 PM
Subject: Re: [DNA] Finding new USEFUL SNPs?
This meshes perfectly with the experience that Ken & I have had with Peter
Underhill at Stanford. His lab is part of the Cavalli Lab, which is in the
Genetics dept, in the Stanford hospital complex. Medical funding drives
everything. I met with Peter last month, an hour after a going-away lunch
for one of his
employees who had just lost her job because of lack of funding.
Not a pretty picture.
I don't share Ken's apparent pessimism, tho: my impression is that Peter is
listening to us, but hamstrung by lack of funding. He's also interested in
"reconciliation" of the 3x ratio of genealogical f/s YSTR rates & estimated
effective population YSTR rates. (another email to write :-)
Potential SNP hunters have little incentive beyond their own curiosity to
search for elusive single nucleotide polymorphism mutations that are "not
private". The research money is pretty well dedicated to medical genetic
and any other work must be "piggy backed" on this activity the granting
agencies must give permission to use the samples in a way that is not
to the intended use. I can assure you that Jim Wilson would love to be in
position to have free rein to go on a hunt for SNPs, but these days the
with police work may apply.
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