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DNA: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy
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This course is a comprehensive introduction to genetic genealogy. The basics of DNA and genetic inheritance are explained in detail. The three main test types, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), Y chromosome DNA (YDNA), and autosomal DNA (atDNA) are explored as they relate to genealogy. This includes an overview of laboratory procedures for each kind of test, data interpretation techniques, database searching, match interpretation, and case studies for the three kinds of DNA testing. This course will include comparisons of tools and companies, as well as the genetic stories of famous people.

Course Content

Module 1
• Note about Web Addresses
• Websites
History of Genetics
• Gregor Mendel
• DNA vs. Protein
The Structure of DNA
• Cell Biology
• Chromosomes
DNA For Genealogists

Module 2
Mitochondrial DNA
• Websites
• Overview of Mitochondrial DNA
• mtDNA Case Study
• mtDNA Haplogroups

Module 3
Y Chromosome DNA
• Websites
• Overview of Y Chromosome DNA
• Y Chromosome DNA Case Study
• YDNA Haplogroups
• Identifying Mutations

Module 4
Autosomal DNA
• Websites
Introduction to Autosomal DNA
• CODIS Markers
• Short Tandem Repeat Markers
SNPs For Genealogy
• Biogeographical Analysis
• Researching Native American Heritage
• Finding Relatives


Module 5
Laboratory Methods
• Websites
• The Early Days
• Sample Collection
• DNA Extraction
DNA Amplification
• Recipe for DNA Copies
DNA Analysis
• Agarose Gel Electrophoresis
• Capillary Electrophoresis
• mtDNA Sequencing
• Microarray Analysis
• Next Generation Sequencing

Module 6
Testing Companies
• Websites
Choosing a Testing Company
• Choosing a YDNA STR Testing Company
• Choosing a YDNA SNP Testing Company
• Choosing a mtDNA Testing Company
Choosing an Autosomal DNA Testing Company
• 23andMe
• Family Tree DNA

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