January 26, 2015

Havin’ My Baby….Neanderthal

Just Say No To Neanderthal Cloning

I suppose it was bound to happen. A geneticist wants to implant an embryo with Neanderthal genes. Kind of goes without saying, but no one learned anything from Jurassic Park and the velociraptors? I know I refer to this all the time, but I love the lines where Jeff Goldblum‘s character Dr. Malcolm and John Hammond are discussing cloning:

John Hammond: I don’t think you’re giving us our due credit. Our scientists have done things which nobody’s ever done before…
Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.


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The Wilkerson Family DNA Project Coming Soon!

Jim 23 Ancestry



 We’re Testing A Parent’s DNA

Since none of us are getting any younger (Jim just turned 64!) then there is no time like the present to get this project kicked off.

The Wilkerson Group DNA Project

As you may have noticed this blog is now an affiliate of Family Tree DNA . I did that on purpose because it may give us a discount on the test if I click on my own link to go to their site. If not, I did discover (by using the FTDNA search box in the sidebar just to the right of this post) that there is a WILKERSON Group DNA Project and using their site might give us a discount if my own link does not. All that said, it’s isn’t that the DNA test I want to do for Jim’s dad is all that expensive, but some other family members have said they might want to chip in to help us defray the costs.

The main goal of what we are trying to discover is how much Native American blood might be in the lines. A preliminary test of Jim’s DNA showed that he does have some, but I want to take it back another generation to his dad to get a more “direct” route to the possible Indian ancestry.  I don’t think we would even undertake this testing if it wasn’t for the small amount showing in this graphic from another source.

Jim 23 Ancestry

So, for now, all I can say is check back here to see what the results might be. Thanks for reading today!


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Dual Citizenship Through DNA Results?

DNA Testing

As someone who has elected to have my own DNA tests done, I can see that if the various DNA testing labs keep making it affordable, this is going to be an industry that will keep on growing. I know my Cherokee friend said that her family members are investigating having their’s done too.  Right now, as the article says, the backlog for all of us might be a big problem.

African Americans

More U.S. blacks seek African roots – UPI.com
Right now, the problem I see is that we have a long way to go to get all of us into more definitive family groups. I was surprised at the concept of having a dual citizenship through DNA results for African American people, but it makes sense to me. My own family tree is probably too diluted to apply for the same citizenship for Sweden, even though my Great Grandparents emigrated from there. Truthfully though, I don’t consider myself a Swedish-American. I’m just American citizen of the USA.

Dual Citizenship

Would you seek dual citizenship if it was available to you?

Ancestry Members Get It For Half Price


Have you always wanted to get your DNA checked? I have! With prices the way they are these days though, I just couldn’t justify the amount some sites were asking. But then, I got an email from Ancestry that said they’re offering DNA testing at half the price for their members. I just couldn’t pass that up. I really want to know where my dad’s side of the family originated, so I sent for the test and my brother got it today. I just ordered it last weekend, so that was pretty quick shipping, don’t you think?

Ancestry.com DNA testing

As soon as he swabs the inside of his cheek and gets the test sent back, we should get the results in a few weeks. Hey, this isn’t CSI, I know it takes a while for the analysis. If I get flush with some more extra cash I might get my mother’s side of the family DNA done too. I have until September 30th. My birthday is September 2nd, so maybe the birthday fairy will be nice to me… ;)

I ordered the Advanced Paternal Lineage Test. Which test would you order?

Basic test types:

Paternal Lineage Test*

New to DNA testing? The Paternal Lineage Test can help you connect with living relatives and possibly add them to your family tree.

Maternal Lineage Test

Learn about your mother’s ancient ancestors as they migrated across the world thousands of years ago. The maternal test can also help you disprove family links.

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