Mitochondrial DNA has so much untapped potential!
Until now, there hasn’t been an online resource where one could go to find information about and specifically discuss mitochondrial DNA. Even more distressing, in many groups, when the topic of mitochondrial DNA arises, misinformation abounds, discouraging would-be testers.
I’m very pleased to announce the new Facebook group, Mitochondrial DNA, here, founded by the National Geographic Society Genographic Project’s lead scientist, Dr. Miguel Vilar. As you know, the Genographic Project’s public participation phase has ended, but the scientific research for those who opted-in for science continues and Miguel is leading the way.
Miguel shares a lifelong passion for mitochondrial DNA, inherited by both males and females from their direct matrilineal line.
Mitochondrial DNA informs you about your mother’s mother’s mother’s line – the pink hearts above – both genealogically and historically. In other words, you can break down brick walls in your genealogy and understand the genesis of your matrilineal line before the advent of surnames. We can better answer the question, “where did I come from,” or more succinctly, where did our mother’s direct line come from.
In addition to Miguel, you’ll find other experts in the group, including members of the Million Mito Project, which I wrote about here.
- Goran Rundfeldt heads the R&D team at FamilyTreeDNA.
- Paul Maier is a population geneticist and member of the research team at FamilyTreeDNA. He specialized in toad and frog mtDNA in grad school and is now working on the new mitochondrial tree, for humans 😊, among other projects.
- I’ve always been very interested in mitochondrial DNA, was a member of the Genographic Project design team and the first Genographic affiliate researcher. You can reference my Mitochondrial DNA resource page, here, which includes articles and step-by-step instructions for how to utilize mtDNA results.
Aside from the Million Mito research team, other Mitochondrial DNA group members with a special interest in mitochondrial DNA include:
- Mags Gaulden who writes at Grandma’s Genes and is one of the founders of mitoYDNA.
- David Pike, well known in the genetic genealogy community manages several DNA projects, has an interest in ancient DNA and has written several autosomal utilities.
As I scan down the list of members, I see several more highly qualified people.
Come On Over
Come on over and take a look for yourself to see what kinds of subjects are being discussed. Browse, ask a question, and contribute.
Send other people who have questions, are seeking advice, or are interested in what mitochondrial DNA can do for them.
Do you have a matrilineal brick wall you’d like to see fall? The first step is to test your mitochondrial DNA, preferably at the full sequence level to obtain as much information as possible. The more people who test, the better our chances of making meaningful connections.
Your mitochondrial DNA is a gift directly from your matrilineal ancestors. See what they have to say!
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