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Genetic ancestry is a genetics concept that describes the "architecture of genome variation between populations". Genetic ancestry tests exploit the findings of population genetics research to provide inferences about someone's genetic heritage. The tests are also sometimes known as genetic heritage tests or DNA ancestry tests. Genetic ancestry testing is generally distinct from the more rigorous discipline of genetic genealogy which combines a genealogical DNA test with genealogical and historical records.
Sense About Science guides
- Sense about genetic ancestry testing. A briefing from Sense About Science, 7 March 2013.
- Sense about genealogical DNA testing A guest blog post by Debbie Kennett, 15 March 2013.
- Coop G. Genetic similarity and genetic ancestry groups. Coop Lab blog, 12 July 2022.
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- Ralph P, Coop G (2013). The geography of recent genetic ancestry across Europe. PLoS Biol 11(5). For commentary on this paper see:
- Identification of genomic regions shared between distant relatives by Peter Ralph and Graham Coop, The Coop Lab blog, 10 May 2013.
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- Most Europeans share recent common ancestors by Ewen Callaway. Nature News and Comment, 7 May 2013.
- Charlemagne's DNA and our universal royalty by Carl Zimmer. National Geographic: The Loom, 7 May 2013.
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- Barbujani G, Colonna V (2010). Human genome diversity: frequently asked questions. Trends in Genetics 26; 285–295
- Royal CD, November J, Fullerton SM et al (2010). Inferring genetic ancestry: opportunities, challenges, and implications. American Journal of Human Genetics, Volume 86, Issue 5, 661-673, 14 May 2010 (ASHG White Paper).
- Lee SS, Bolnick DA, Duster T, Ossorio P, Tallbear K (2009). The illusive gold standard in genetic ancestry testing. Science Jul 3; 325(5936): 38-9.
- Caulfield T, Fullerton S, Ali-Khan SE et al (2009). Race and ancestry in biomedical research: exploring the challenges. GenomeMedicine 1(1): 8.
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- American Society of Human Genetics (2007). ASHG Statement on Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing in the United States. American Journal of Human Genetics Volume 81, September 2007, pp635-637. For commentary see:
- Bettinger B (2008). The ASHG Ancestry Testing Statement and Recommendations. The Genetic Genealogist, 13 November 2008.
- Sarata AK (2007). Genetic ancestry testing. Congressional Research Service report for US Congress, 19 October 2007.
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- Shriver MD, Kittles RA (2004). Genetic ancestry and the search for personalized genetic histories. Nature Reviews Genetics 5: 611-618.
- Tutton R (2004). They want to know where they came from: population genetics, identity, and family genealogy. New Genetics and Society 23:1, 105-120.
- Elliot C, Brodwin P (2002). Identity and genetic ancestry testing ($) BMJ 325: 1469-1471.
Newspaper articles and blog posts
- What is ancestry? by Joe Pickrell, DNA.Land blog, 1 November 2015.
- Can your DNA tell you your ancestry? by Stephen Propatier, Skeptoid blog, 18 August 2015.
- So you're related to Charlemagne? You and every other living European... by Adam Rutherford, The Guardian 24 May 2015.
- Why your race isn't genetic by Michael White, Pacific Standard 30 May 2014.
- Why we are all related to the Vikings by Conrad Quilty-Harper, ampp3d (Daily Mirror data visualisation website), 10 March 2014.
- There is no DNA test to prove you're Native American by Linda Geddes, New Scientist, 13 February 2014.
- Selling roots - Can DNA tests really tell us anything about our ethnic identity? by Elliot Aguilar, The New Inquiry, 22 July 2013.
- Are you a Viking? Yes, but so is everyone else by Daniel Zadik, The Conversation, 16 May 2013.
- Sense about genetic ancestry testing. Debbie Kennett. Cruwys News blog. 8 March 2013.
- To claim someone has 'Viking ancestors' is no better than astrology by Mark Thomas, The Guardian, 25 February 2013.
- It is unfair to compare genetic ancestry testing to astrology A response from Martin Richards and Vincent Macaulay, The Guardian, 8 April 2013.
- Rebuttal of Richards and Macaulay's post A response from Mark Thomas.
- Are there human races? by Jerry Coyne. Why Evolution Is True, 28 February 2012.
- Q&A: Everyone has two family trees - a genealogical tree and a genetic tree by Blaine Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist, 10 November 2009.
- The appliance of science by Ian Sample. The Guardian, 14 April 2007.
- So you think you're English? by Andrew Graeme Dixon, The Telegraph, 5 November 2006.
- Are DNA tests the missing link? by Steve Connor, The Independent, 29 June 2005.
- Why we should give up on race by Steven and Hilary Rose, The Guardian, 9 April 2005.
- Beware the gene genies by Martin Richards, The Guardian, 21 February 2003.
- Understanding Race A resource provided by the American Anthropological Association
- What race Is, and what It Is not A lecture given by anthropologist Agustin Fuentes at the University of Evansville in Indiana on 11 April 2016
- The business of genetic ancestry BBC Radio 4. A programme produced by the BBC's Science Unit explaining what you can and can't learn from a genetic ancestry test
- 2008: ASHG Ancestry Testing Statement and Recommendations: Guidelines for Understanding the Issues and Implications Involved ASHG video uploaded to Vimeo.
- Biogeographical ancestry
- Understanding genetic ancestry testing
- Genetic anthropology
- Irish DNA Atlas Project
- People of the British Isles
- List of DNA testing companies
- Dries DL. Genetic Ancestry, Population Admixture, and the Genetic Epidemiology of Complex Disease Editorial. Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics 2009; 2: 540-543.
- Pomery C. Family History in the Genes. National Archives, 2007, pp57-60, 134-156.
- Kennett D. Sense about genealogical DNA testing. Sense About Science blog, 15 March 2013.