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From: Eric Haas <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] OT - Why Do Genealogy
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 16:30:59 -0500
Thursday, March 11, 2004, 1:07:50 PM, JEH wrote:
J> Secondly you cannot be sure that your William Cash from the 1600s has
J> contributed any of your genetic makeup at all. Humans have 46 chromosomes
J> half of which are inherited from each parent. My 8G-grandfather Matthew
J> Dodsworth was born cir 1660. Since I have 1024 8g-grandfathers to contribute
J> the 46 chromosomes the chances are that none of them comes from Matthew. The
J> exception that I can argue for is my 8g-grandfather on the direct male line
J> since he must have contributed the X-chromosome that makes me a male.
J> However since I don't know who he is (and even if I did) I still cannot
J> exclude the "milkman" effect.
It's the Y-chromosome that makes you male. And, you could add your
mitochondrial DNA which comes from the direct female line.
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