Mark Jobling - Family Tree Live speaker profile
Y-DNA & ‘citizen science’: transforming our understanding of past populations and surname studies
Professor Mark Jobling will be speaking on ‘Y-DNA and citizen science’ at Family Tree Live
Introducing Mark Jobling’s talk:
Studies of Y-chromosome variation started in the mid-1980s as an obscure academic curiosity. In the intervening decades, research into the variations has transformed our knowledge of surnames and increasingly of past populations around the world.
The first Y-SNPs were discovered in the 1990s, and by 2008 about 600 were described. In the last decade, however, the technological revolution of massively parallel sequencing has led to a hundred-fold explosion of Y-SNPs, many of which have become known through the activities of ‘citizen scientists’ undertaking analysis of their own Y chromosomes via direct-to-consumer companies. The rich data allows the association of SNP-haplogroups with surnames, and informs us about male population histories. Citizen scientists are also arising in new regions of the world currently understudied by academics, thus broadening our understanding of past population dynamics in non-European contexts.
This talk is for you if you’re keen to enhance your DNA know-how, in particular discovering the important contribution of Y-DNA testing.
Suitable for many levels of family history experience.
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Mark Jobling will be speaking at 1pm on Friday 26 April 2019
Mark Jobling studied Biochemistry and completed a DPhil in Genetics at the University of Oxford. He moved to the University of Leicester in 1992 where he has been supported by Wellcome Trust fellowships and is now a Professor. His group uses human genetic diversity to investigate processes of colonisation, migration and admixture, and (with a focus on the Y chromosome) to study mutation processes. He also applies Y-chromosomal markers to understanding the relationships between Y types and patrilineal surnames, and in forensic analysis.
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