We've done it again! This time we biked from Petra in Jordan up to Nazareth in Israel, to raise money for the Nazareth Hospital CT Scanner appeal. Nazareth is the largest Arab town in Israel, but they still don't have a dedicated Stroke Unit to cope with this devastating condition and major cause of death. Click here to find out more, and please help this fantastic cause. Thanks!

30 December 2013

My Genotype Results: Mostly Harmless

So I put my DNA in to 23andMe before the FDA curtain came down. Here is my ancestry, computed through Dodecad software:

  9.27%  East_European      
 53.29%  West_European      
 25.92%  Mediterranean      
  0.00%  Neo_African        
  7.80%  West_Asian         
  1.91%  South_Asian        
  0.24%  Northeast_Asian    
  0.44%  Southeast_Asian    
  0.00%  East_African       
  1.00%  Southwest_Asian    
  0.01%  Northwest_African  
  0.10%  Palaeo_African     

I guess that makes sense for an Irish boy. It turns out that I'm also Y chromosome haplotype R1b1b2a1a2f2, which lodges me firmly in the common Northern Irish gene pool. My mitochondrial haplotype is H, which links me (apparently) to Napoleon Bonaparte, Susan Sarandon, Luke the Evangelist, and about 50% of Europe. So I'm not terribly special. Which is not necessarily a bad thing!

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