Monthly Archives: July 2012

FTDNA Summer Sale

FTDNA is having a sale on its DNA tests till July 15, 2012.

Their autosomal test, Family Finder, which can be submitted to Harappa Ancestry Project, is on sale for $199 instead of a regular price of $289.

In addition, their mtDNA and Y-DNA products are also discounted till end of day July 15.

HarappaWorld HRP0245-HRP0249

I have added the HarappaWorld Admixture results for HRP0245-HRP0249 to the individual spreadsheet.

I have also recomputed the weighted averages for Kurds (from 6 to 10 now).

Do note that the admixture components do not necessarily represent real ancestral populations. Also, the names I have chosen for the components should be thought of as mnemonics to ease discussion. I chose them based on which populations in my data these components peaked in. They do not tell anything directly about ancestral populations. The best way to look at these admixture results is by comparing individuals and populations. Finally, the standard error estimates on these results can be about 1%. Therefore, it is entirely possible that your 1% exotic admixture result is just noise.

Let's look at the Kurdish results from Yunusbayev (prefix: kurd), Xing (prefix: F) and Harappa (prefix: HRP). Do note that the Xing results were computed with a smaller number of SNPs and thus might be noisy.

Pagani East African Dataset

Pagani et al analyzed Ethiopian genetics in their paper "Ethiopian Genetic Diversity Reveals Linguistic Stratification and Complex Influences on the Ethiopian Gene Pool". Their dataset consisting of Ethiopians and a few other East African populations is available online.

I have analyzed the Pagani dataset with my HarappaWorld admixture calculator and included the results in my regular spreadsheet.

The group (weighted mean) results are also shown in the usual interactive bar chart below. You can click on the component labels to sort by that ancestral component.

Because the East African component as computed in HarappaWorld is maximum among the Maasai and several of the Pagani dataset populations have a higher percentage of that component, we should be a bit careful with interpreting the HarappaWorld results for the Pagani groups. I'll likely include them in my next iteration of the admixture calculator.