Monday, November 3, 2014

Australian Aboriginal DNA

The authors presented an Aboriginal Australian genomic sequence obtained from a 100-year-old lock of hair donated by an Aboriginal man from southern Western Australia in the early 20th century. The nuclear genome was sequenced to an overall depth of 6.4-fold. It had a high degree of fragmentation, but no genotype level evidence of sample contamination by DNA from sample handlers of European descent was detected. I converted this genome into formats familiar to genetic genealogists. I also filtered with SNPs tested by DNA testing companies like FTDNA, 23andMe and Ancestry in order to upload to GEDMatch but found this ancient DNA has less SNPs that are common with them. Hence, I did not upload this to GEDMatch.

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Reference:
Rasmussen, M; Guo, X; Wang, Y; Lohmueller, KE; Rasmussen, S; Albrechtsen, A; Skotte, L; Lindgreen, S; Metspalu, M; Jombart, T; Kivisild, T; Zhai, W; Eriksson, A; Manica, A; Orlando, L; De La Vega, FM; Tridico, S; Metspalu, E; Nielsen, K; Avila-Arcos, MC; Moreno-Mayar, JV; Muller, C; Dortch, J; Gilbert, MT; Lund, O; Wesolowska, A; Karmin, M; Weinert, LA; Wang, B; Li, J; Tai, S; Xiao, F; Hanihara, T; van Driem, G; Jha, AR; Ricaut, FX; de Knijff, P; Migliano, AB; Romero, IG; Kristiansen, K; Lambert, DM; Brunak, S; Forster, P; Brinkmann, B; Nehlich, O; Bunce, M; Richards, M; Gupta, R; Bustamante, CD; Krogh, A; Foley, RA; Lahr, MM; Balloux, F; Sicheritz-Ponten, T; Villems, R; Nielsen, R; Wang, J; Willerslev, E; (2011): Genomic sequence from an Aboriginal Australian; GigaScience. http://dx.doi.org/10.5524/100010

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