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From: "Lowe DNA" <>
Subject: RE: [DNA] NY Times query
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 18:23:57 -0500
In-Reply-To: <LJEMLABOHOMNDCIIFJPEKELEHDAA.amy@nytimes.com>


Amy...

Also try Howard University as they have project devoted entirely
to African-American DNA testing...and I believe a database
of results.

Bill

-----Original Message-----
From: Amy Harmon [mailto:]
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2005 4:19 PM
To:
Subject: RE: [DNA] NY Times query


Thanks so much for all the responses. I was primarily interested in
African-Americans, but actually am learning more (for possible future
stories) as I read through all the replies.

amy

-----Original Message-----
From: ellen Levy [mailto:]
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2005 5:06 PM
To:
Subject: RE: [DNA] NY Times query


Amy:

Could you clarify: Are you asking the general
population participating in DNA testing what sparked
their interest, or are you primarily interested in
what has sparked increased testing for
African-Americans in particular?

I'm not even sure the Jefferson/Hemings matter had as
much impact as Oprah Winfrey's highly-publicized DNA
results and her subsequent trip to visit her supposed
Zulu ancestors.

Ellen Coffman

--- Mark MacDonald <> wrote:

> Amy
>
> The Clan Donald study was substantially influenced
> by Jefferson-Hemings.
> my initial interest was triggered in Summer 1988 by
> newspaper descriptions
> of the Cohen study; I also believe I read about
> Jefferson in the same time
> period. I was struck by the potential for persons of
> highland Scottish
> descent to break the absence of written records with
> which " to cross the
> water". I also saw an opportunity as clan historian
> to resolve various
> disputed questions in Clan Donald history whether
> the founder of the clan
> was gaelic or norse in his pure paternal line.
>
> At that time I began reading at the medical library
> in Dallas, began to
> search for a lab, deal with confidentiality issues,
> and draft a lab contract
> to protect the data base which I intended to create
> to benefit clan members
> and to promote clan membership.
>
> By Fall 1999 I selected Professor deKnijff of the
> University of Leiden
> partly because of his work on the Jefferson project
> but also because ,as a
> lawyer, I needed scientific assistance to interpret
> results. In late 1999 I
> was using the Jefferson studies in articles in clan
> publications to
> convince members to participate. We began accepting
> samples in 2000. Like
> the Jefferson project our focus was not only
> genealogical but historical.
>
> Mark MacDonald
> Co Administrator Clan Donald USA Genetic Project
> National Historian Clan Donald USA
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Diana Gale Matthiesen
> [mailto:]
> Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2005 1:36 PM
> To:
> Subject: [DNA] NY Times query
>
> I was already interested in genealogy long before
> DNA testing appeared; and,
> as
> a retired biologist, I saw the potential for DNA
> aiding genealogical
> research
> long ago. So the Jefferson-Hemings bru-ha-ha had
> nothing to do with my
> getting
> interested in genealogy or in DNA testing, nor did I
> follow the story at the
> time.
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Amy Harmon
> > Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2005 12:54 PM
> > To:
> > Subject: RE: [DNA] M253 - Hg I Complete (and R1b,
> and R1a)
> >
> > Hi, I'm the NY Times reporter working on a story
> about the growing
> > popularity of DNA testing for genealogical
> purposes among
> > African-Americans.
> > I wondered to what degree people's interest in
> this might
> > have been sparked
> > by the Jefferson-Hemings link established by DNA
> testing
> > several years ago.
> > Was that the jumping-off point for anyone here?
> > thanks
> > Amy
> >
>
>
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