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Re: DNA Test Results
In Response To: Re: DNA Test Results ()

Greetings Art,
Well, to be perfectly honest with you, I never took the time to truly understand the core technology behind DNA analysis, such as markers, the number of them, halogroups, etc. I'm not saying that it would be hard for me to comprehend, but I was satisfied at the moment knowing the difference between mtDNA, Y-chomosome, X-chromosome, genetic inheritances, etc. However, since you disclosed the number of markers by both companies, are there a specific number of markers required to positively determine African ancestry? As I understand it, each of the many African ethnic groups has telltale genetic markers not found in other people. Those markers were passed down, and they appear in African Americans' cells today. Does those 9 markers not fall into that telltale category?

I am solely interested in learning some of my African ancestry instead of my racial makeup, so our interests are different. Although the core of DNA analysis may reveal analyses that are not conducted by African Ancestry, Inc., the purpose of their company reflected the knowledge I thought (as well as many others) African-Americans would never find out and the knowledge I so desperately wanted to gain. Therefore, I personally embraced their one-of-a-kind project wholeheartedly, despite what others may consider as “imperfections”.

My next agenda will be to test my father's mtDNA through AA, Inc. My father's Y-chromosome is of European origins, and that's not where my personal interest lies. If I had the money, I'd be collecting samples from kinfolk all over the country to determine the African ancestry of other ancestral lines that I believe are traceable directly back to our beautiful Motherland. I am sure the steps you've taken and the tests you've gotten reflected the knowledge you wanted to gain. Knowledge is golden, right?

Good Luck in your DNA endeavors,

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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