Wednesday, 10 June 2015

New on YouTube: The Genetic History of the United Kingdom: the POBI project

Do you want to understand the exciting results of the People of the British Isles project? This YouTube video by Garrett Hellenthal, a US educated statistical geneticist now working the the UK, explains how, using the DNA of individuals sampled across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, a striking correlation between an individual's genetics and their geographic origins was found. Also shown are the clear differences in ancestry among different geographic regions of the UK, reflecting the genetic imprint of the Anglo-Saxon and Norwegian Viking migrations from several centuries ago.

The lecture was presented at Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2015 although it sounds as if the presentation was rerecorded. It's one of several lectures sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA and organised by Maurice Gleeson & Debbie Kennett on behalf of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy.

1 comment:

AlisoninVancouver said...

Very interesting. But what surprised me was that there didn't seem a lot of impact of the migrations due to, for example, the industrial revolution. I have, within my S.E. England, background at least three lines that migrated from genetically different areas of the UK, such as the extreme west, Wales and S.E. Scotland. Given the huge migration to London from the rest of the country, this is a surprise.