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From: Gary Felix <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Reminder,DNA to be discussed on "Faces of America" Wednesday evening
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2010 17:30:48 -0800 (PST)
In-Reply-To: <BLU126-DS15EFCEF0D48A6D1B2CEB3692380@phx.gbl>

Could Eva Longoria have a Chinese relative within the last 250 years, possible. Could this relative be related within the last 250 years to Yo Yo Ma who was born to Chinese parents, extremely unlikely. It is more likely that this shared segment of Autosomal DNA is so short that it is identical by type (IBT).

Not familiar with the Broad Institude doing the autosomal testing on the show.

Incidentally Regis Philbin was test by Gates and has 36 percent East Asian?

Mexico DNA Project Admin.

--- On Thu, 3/4/10, Raymond Whritenour <> wrote:

From: Raymond Whritenour <>
Subject: [DNA] Reminder, DNA to be discussed on "Faces of America" Wednesday evening
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2010, 4:32 PM

I thought Gates played fast and loose with the DNA results.  He's way too ready to call an "Asian" result, "Native American."  The fact is, the 23andMe test distinguishes only European, Asian and African.  He told Eva Longoria that she was 27% "Native American," when her test said 27% "Asian."  And, if she and Yo-yo Ma had a common ancestor in the last two hundred years, or so--and, he is 100% "Asian," either some of Longoria's ancestry was definitely "Asian" (almost certainly Chinese); or, Yo-yo Ma had a "Native American" ancestor!  (How likely is that?)  Plus, many Europeans get trace amounts of "Asian" ancestry from various invasions and migrations from the East. 

I also got the distinct impression that Louise Erdrich didn't want everyone to see just how "European" she is, genetically.  Call me a cynic!

Another thing I noticed:  Gates reported that Mehmet Oz and Mike Nichols were in the same haplogroup, and tied this in with the Biblical and Koranic idea that Jews and Muslims were both descended from Abraham (through Isaac and Ishmael, respectively); HOWEVER, that was incorrect!  It's Jews and ARABS (NOT all Muslims) who are supposed to be descended from Abraham.  AND, he didn't give the haplogroup!  I'm betting it was a more "European" haplogroup--NOT a more Middle Eastern one. 

Ray Whritenour

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