Modern human possibly had Neanderthal ‘great-great-grandparent.’

Lower jaw indicates close relationship to neanderthal ancestor.

One of the earliest modern humans in Europe had a surprisingly recent Neanderthal ancestor, revealing the two species likely interbred there, according to a new study. The Neanderthal relative was so close to the modern human on the family tree that it could have been the equivalent of a great-great-grandparent, the research suggests. The finding …

DNA: The best hard drive on earth.

DNA hard drive.

It turns out DNA is the best storage medium there is on Earth. Nothing beats it. Think about it, all the directions that make you up are stored on tiny proteins that are hard to see even with a microscope. The human genome (all of those directions controlling your eye color, hair color, height, skin) …

Ancestry Launches Family History DNA Testing Service in Canada | Ancestry.ca

DNA Testing Service

The following was written by Ancestry.com to announce the launch of AncestryDNA in Canada. DNA test pinpoints genetic ethnicity and helps people discover family origins going back thousands of years. DNA studies a person’s entire genome at more than 700,000 different locations Results detail a person’s ethnic origins across 26 regions worldwide Service can help …

Ancestry.com closes SMGF Database due to controversy over murder case.

Access denied - Ancestry.com closes SMGF Database due to controversy over murder case.

Ancestry.com has decided to suspend access to the SMGF database of genetic information after the resource was used by law enforcement authorities to identify a suspect in a decades-old murder case.   The move came after multiple media outlets reported this month that Ancestry.com had divulged the identity of a donor in the Sorenson Molecular …

Volunteers sought by Michael J. Fox Foundation for study on Parkinson’s among Ashkenazi Jews.

In the News.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation, a major charity dedicated to finding a cure to Parkinson’s disease, announced on Sunday that it is seeking volunteers to participate in a study on the connection between Parkinson’s and genes carried by Jews of Eastern European ancestry, commonly known as Ashkenazi Jews… [read more] Source: Michael J. Fox Foundation …

Canadian WWI and WWII soldiers identified.

Reburial of a New Zealand WWI soldier.

May 13, 2015 is the date eight Canadian WWI soldier will be laid to rest at Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France.   Lieutenant Clifford Neelands, Lance Sargeant Oscar Lindell, Private Sidney Halliday, Private William Simms, and Private Lachlan McKinnon of the 78th Battalion (Winnipeg Grenadiers) of the Canadian Expeditionary Force are five of eight …

Canadian firm DNA Genotek sues Ancestry.com over DNA testing kit patent infringement .

DNA testing kits.

The readily available and highly promoted $99 DNA test kit from Ancestry.com are the focus of a law suit filed by DNA Genotek.    The service is promoted as a simple and relatively inexpensive means of DNA testing with a few drops of saliva. DNA Genotek and its attorney David Doyle of Morrison Foerster are …