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Question about DNA Admixture Tests

I attended an Ancestral DNA workshop and had the admixture test done by DNA Print Geonomics. My results were pretty consistent with both oral history and research I have done. Dr. Nathan Strong, an African American anthropologist, taught the class. He is very knowledgeable and guided us through the process with patience and a curriculum that we were able to understand in layman's terms.

One thing is niggling at me. He was giving us some statistics and out of the 133 Africans Americans he has tested, that is those who identify as such on their forms, three (3) tested with no Sub-Saharan markers. Now we all know about the man in Los Angeles who went on Nightline as a result of his test showing no African blood and I guess he is looking at himself differently. Dr. Strong says that while culturally and socially, these persons were/are considered AA/Black, biologically the test is telling them different. I don't get it. The man on Nightline mother sat right there and said they were Black, though they were mixed blood (Creole)and had always identified as such. should these people be tested again or have a sibling tested? How is it the African genes can be nonexistent?

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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