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From: Martin Potter <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] How could we tell?
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2008 20:30:46 -0400
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Yes, the rate probably varies widely in small samples. While Diana's
sample size of 78 might not be "very small", it might still not be
large enough to exhibit well-behaved statistics. Then, too, there are
all the social, economic and historical factors that might not average
out to produce the expected "2-5%" per generation in particular
circumstances, regardless of sample size.
... Martin

> I have heard 1-2% per generation. If that is right, then the 8% figure is probably low, but of course I don't know how many generations are involved in these genealogies. That 1-2% rate probably varies a lot.
> Kirsten
> -------------- Original message ----------------------
> From: Martin Potter <>
>> Diana wrote :
>>> I haven't run into any lab errors, that I know of. But my NPE rate is running
>>> nearly eight percent (six out of 78 subjects).
>> Thanks, Diana. Eight percent! Wow. It sounds high but I don't
>> dispute your finding. I had been led to expect "2-5%" but clearly I
>> will have to be prepared for a higher rate. Forewarned is forearmed.
>> ... Martin

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