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23andme has a discount just for today, according to Twitter and Facebook:

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It says it ends at 12pm PST which is at noonmidnight PST on the US west coast. So you'll have to move fast if you want to get it.

Also, Harappa Ancestry Project is just two submissions away from 200 participants.

Participation Rate

Just thought I would show you how quickly I was getting data earlier in the year and how it has slowed down now. This shows the number of days it took to get 10 samples.

As you can see, data submission has picked up a little recently.

23andme $50 Off

I got an email from 23andme for a $50 off coupon. The coupon code is YCM48E. So you can use this coupon code to reduce the price of a 23andme test from $99 to $49.

Here's the email:

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Again the coupon code is YCM48E for $50 off till August 9, 2011.

Harappa Participants Haplogroups

All the ancestry analysis here has been based on the autosomal genome (i.e., the SNPs on chromosomes 1-22) and not on the sex chromosomes X and Y or the mitochondrial DNA. The reason is basically that the autosome provides information about your overall ancestry.

Since the Y chromosome is inherited only from father to son, it is useful for finding out about your paternal line. Similarly, mitochondrial DNA is inherited from mother to child, so that's good for information on the maternal line. Note however that the paternal and maternal lines are not the sum total of your ancestry. In fact, it is quite possible to have very different mtDNA or Y-DNA ancestry compared to your whole genome.

Anyway, many people are interested in paternal (Y-DNA) haplogroups and maternal (mtDNA) haplogroups. AV requested information on the haplogroups of Harappa Project participants and SB created a spreadsheet where project participants can enter their paternal and maternal haplogroups. I am also pulling that information into my Harappa Participants Ethnicity spreadsheet.

If you tested with 23andme, here are the links to their maternal and paternal haplogroup pages.

Now go ahead and enter your information in the haplogroups spreadsheet.

You might also want to take a look at the Harappa Participants Map.

UPDATE: Please be considerate of others' privacy. Only disclose someone else's information (haplogroups, location, or anything else) if you have explicit permission to do so. Thanks!

150 and 100

The total number of participants has gotten to 150. The Harappa Ancestry Project has been active for a little less than 6

Of these, depending on how you count, we are at about 100 unrelated South

Sorry for my absence from the comment section and the slow pace of posting. There's a lot of backlog of work and home errands that accumulated during my vacation.

June Update

I have a total of 123 participants in the project right now who have sent me their raw data. Six of those have relatives participating and thus have to be filtered out for most analysis other than individual admixture percentages etc where I divide participants into small groups.Укладка дикого камня

The following groups are represented:

Most are 23andme data while 4 are from FTDNA.

We are getting close to 100 South Asian participants.

Harappa Participants Map

Davidski created a Google map of Eurogenes participants and Reiver suggested something similar would be cool for Harappa Ancestry Project too.

So I have copied the idea and created a google map for Harappa Ancestry Project.

View Harappa Ancestry Project in a larger map

Now participants need to go and add themselves to the map at their ancestral location. Here are the instructions:

  1. Login to your Google account. (If you don't have one, you'll have to create one.)
  2. Click Edit button. Do not edit title or description on the left of the map.
  3. Click on Add Placement marker and drag it to the desired location. Choose the most appropriate location for your ancestry.
  4. Put your project ID in the title for the placemark and your ancestry in the description.
  5. Click Save button.

That's it!


Yesterday, we got to 100 participants in the Harappa Ancestry Project.

I made the project public on January 17, 2011. So, 100 submissions in 106 days. That's pretty good.

I am surprised at the speed and quantity of submissions. I probably have the largest dataset of South Asians right now.

Keep spreading the word and encouraging everyone to participate.

Accepting FTDNA Family Finder

In addition to 23andme data, I am now accepting the autosomal data from FTDNA Family Finder too.

This is due to the recent switch to Illumina Omni chip by FamilyTreeDNA which has a lot more markers in common with the 23andme data.

Since FTDNA is retesting all its current customers on the new chip, even if you tested with them earlier, you should have autosomal data from the new chip which you can download and email to me at

I am basically looking for participants who have at least some ancestry from the following countries/regions:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Burma
  • India
  • Iran
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tibet

But if you have ancestry from West or Central Asia or Caucasus, I am likely to accept your data too.

Details of participation are here.

April Update

I have a total of 97 participants in the project right now who have sent me their raw data. Six of those have relatives participating and thus have to be filtered out for most analysis other than individual admixture percentages etc where I divide participants into small groups.

The following groups are represented:

Let's try to get to hundred soon.

And yes, I am accepting FTDNA Family Finder (new Illumina chip) now.