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From: "Daniel Jenkins" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] DNA from old stamps
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 20:26:17 +0000
In-Reply-To: <032220052011.22452.42407C09000E258B000057B422007354469C0A9B9C0A9D@comcast.net>


Roberta ,

Thanks. He is positive that he has 30-40 old stamps and envelopes licked
sealed and sent from his uncle to relatives. Tom Krahn at Biotix thinks he
can be successful.

Dan Jenkins

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>Subject: Re: [DNA] DNA from old stamps
>Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 20:11:54 +0000
>
>Dan,
>
>Been here and done that. Trace Genetics worked with my stamp which was
>licked in the early 1960s. The result was negative for Y-line DNA
>(although no one ever said that it could not be done as per Julia's
>comment), and the mtdna retrieved was believed to be contaminant since it
>was a female's DNA. Another issue is being absolutely positive who
>actually licked the stamp. So in a nutshell, we got no usable results and
>spent several hundred dollars. Ditto the hair from the same timeframe WITH
>follice attached. Very frutrating. I'm keeping my last stamp and hairs
>until the technology gets somewhat better.
>
>Roberta Estes
>
>
>-------------- Original message --------------
>
> >
> > Dan, I was waiting for the wiser people to answer you, but they are all
>busy
> > voting.
> > It is not possible to obtain Y-DNA from an old stamp as the Y-DNA dies
>with
> > the moisture, but it is possible to obtain mtDNA, though, it can be
>expensive
> > and is not guaranteed.
> > Julia
> >
> > In a message dated 3/22/2005 10:26:51 A.M. Central Standard Time,
> > writes:
> >
> > List
> >
> > I am trying to help a man who would like to get his Y- DNA tested to
>help
> > break down a brick wall. He has no male relatives that are male
>descendants
> > of the ancestor he is trying to tie to. He does have 30-40 old stamps
>that
> > were licked by an proven descendant of same ancestor . The dating of the
> > stamps and mail is abt. 1927. Could they be used for a test ?
> >
> >
> > Dan Jenkins
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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