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From: "Anatole Klyosov" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Variance Assessment wrt back and parallel mutations
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 20:39:38 -0500
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>From: Robert Stafford < >

>The chances of having at least one parallel mutation are pretty good when
testing even a modest number of people with an ancestor 200-400 years ago.
(...)
>Using this calculation for FTDNA's 37 markers, there is about a 50:50
>chance
of having one or more parallel mutations when you have 10 mutations.


Dear Robert,

Can you please define what a "parallel mutations" is in this context? Also,
what is so important about them? Is a "parallel mutation" just a mutation,
or there is some "mystery" about it? Does it happen with some "special"
mutation rate?

Thank you.

Anatole Klyosov


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