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From: "Michael L. Hébert" <>
Subject: RE: Mutations (was [DNA] Genealogy as we knew it)
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 09:31:12 -0500
In-Reply-To: <001601c66611$a073d220$bec79045@Ken1>

Good point. Maybe I will go ahead and use "mutations" and equate it simply
with small changes in the dna. This brings up a question I have. Am I
correct in assuming that no one inherits a perfect copy of their father's Y
chromosome and that there are mutations in every transmission? If this is
the case, how much mutation on the entire Y chromosome occurs on average
going from father to son? I guess that if I can put these genetic genealogy
mutations into the larger context of mutations that occur between every
father and son, then that softens the blow a bit.


-----Original Message-----
From: Ken Nordtvedt [mailto:]
Sent: Saturday, April 22, 2006 8:36 AM
Subject: Re: [DNA] Genealogy as we knew it

The "variations" are of course what we get because of the "mutations".
There may be a euphemism you can find to replace for "mutation", but don't
go so far with the language to give people a false or poor idea of what is
going on and why the variations are statistically smaller the closer the
common ancestor.

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