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From: "Diana Gale Matthiesen" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] 23andMe Is Running a Special on the Ancestry Edition
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2010 10:35:40 -0500
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I'm just parroting what Bennett Greenspan told me, that, for the "Faces of
America" series, they did the Y-DNA and mtDNA testing and 23andMe did the
autosomal testing.

The credits
do list Bennett as a "Scientific Advisor," and FTDNA, along with 23andMe, et
al., is credited under "DNA Testing and Analysis."

I'm finding both series, "Faces of America" and "Who do you think you are?" more
than a little lean on the kind of information most of us would like to have.
But the series isn't aimed at us, it's aimed at the general public, most of whom
have a little trap door in their brain that slams shut the instant you get
technical. For their intended audience, I think both series are at the right


> -----Original Message-----
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> Subject: Re: [DNA] 23andMe Is Running a Special on the
> Ancestry Edition
> It's hard to tell which company's mtDNA / Y information was actually
> portrayed on "Faces of America," since very little haplogroup
> and zero haplotype information was included. But 23andMe's test
> does include mtDNA and Y haplogroup assignments down to the
> subclade level. I wish Gates had been more specific about Oz and
> Nichols' subclades -- but maybe that would have diluted the
> message.
> Ann Turner
> In a message dated 3/10/2010 3:43:37 AM Pacific Standard Time,
> writes:
> > Just a minor correction on what "_StewE_" said...
> >
> > 23andMe did the autosomal testing for "Faces of America,"
> > but FTDNA did the Y-DNA and mtDNA testing for the show.
> > Prof. Gates has a company, AfricanDNA, that is based at
> > FTDNA (check out the company's street address):
> >
> >
> > Diana
> >

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