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- Daniel MacArthur at Genetic Future writes “Willful ignorance is not an effective argument against personal genomics,” which is a criticism of an embarrassingly bad op-ed by Camilla Long in the Times (U.K.) entitled “When DNA means do not ask.”Â In the article Long mentions several types of genetic testing including “superficial services such as ancestry tests.”Â A truly uneducated statement, considering that ancestry tests are among the informative of all genetic tests!
- Like Jasia (congratulations!!), I am truly honored to be on the 15 Genealogy Blogs You Need to Read! list that Leslie Albrecht Huber wrote for the Discovering Family History magazine.Â I wasn’t previously aware of this magazine, so this was a great way to get their name out.Â Thank you again!!Â (via theÂ Family Matters blog).
- Thank you to Access DNA for including The Genetic Genealogist in their list of “Top 5 Genetics/Genomics Blogs“!!Â Are you reading the Access DNA blog?
- Brad Templeton at Brad Ideas writes “The odds of knowing your cousins: 23andme Part 1” and “The privacy risks of genetic genealogy (23andMe part 2),” and”Haplogroups, Haplotypes and genealogy, oh my.”Â I certainly don’t agree with everything he writes (including how dismissive he is of traditional genetic genealogy, which has fueled DTC genomics for the past 1o years), but the articles are worth a quick read.
- There’s a terrific discussion in the comments to “Genetic ancestry testing: people who don’t want to know” about people who refuse to undergo genetic ancestry testing for personal reasons.Â I added my own 2 cents at comment 17 trying to explain some of the most common misunderstandings surrounding autosomal DNA testing.