by Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei
Posted July 23, 2007 in DNA Around the World, DNA and Genealogy
As a Chinese-American, I haven’t found genetic genealogy to be all that intriguing. That’s mostly out of ignorance since I haven’t done much research into my personal family history let alone China’s long history and lineages. Genealogy DNA testing companies also tend to focus very little on East Asians with only occasional stories about Y-DNA testing for a relationship to Genghis Khan or Confucius.
People of Middle East descent may feel the same way but hopefully not for long. Eastern Biotech & Life Sciences in Dubai have signed an agreement to be part of the Genographic Project via Family Tree DNA. They plan to create a database for the Middle Eastern population. Y-DNA and mtDNA tests are offered at DNAancestry.ae although much of the information there is a duplicate from Family Tree DNA and not specific to Middle Eastern populations. For example, their case studies are of Donald Trump, Brat (sic) Pitt and Pamela Anderson which actually take you to a blank form at Ancestry.co.uk!
On a more serious note, I wonder if knowledge of genetic similarities and differences between these countries could influence their relationships with one another – for the better or for the worse.
NB: According to WorldAtlas.com, the Middle East includes these countries: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.
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