A wealth of information from DNA markers, Steve Olson

Interviewee: Steve Olson. Author Steve Olson talks about the possibilities for new genetic data about the history of human populations. (DNAi Location: Applications > Human Origins > Gene genealogy > Other genome regions > A wealth of information)

In fact the mitochondria and the Y are a very small portion of our genome. And information is now becoming available from all of the other chromosomal locations that we have, and in essence the amount of information that we have to track these migrations is expanding by orders of magnitude. And over the next ten years we are going to just have a wealth of information about the history of human populations and the history of individuals that we'll be able to get from the rest of the chromosomes. We'll continue to do research on the Y and mitochondria and they're particularly informative and clear systems because of the way they're passed, mitochondria are passed from mother to children, and Y chromosomes are passed from father to son. But it's a very exciting time in this, in using genetics to look at the history of human populations.

y chromosomes,dna markers,human populations,y chromosome,human origins,steve olson,chromosomal locations,location applications,orders of magnitude,dnai,genetic data,mitochondria,interviewee,small portion,migrations,ancestry,genetics,possibilities

Related Content

15092. Studying the Y chromosome to understand population origins and migration, Michael Hammer

Evolutionary geneticist Michael Hammer speaks about the markers used to analyze DNA variation in the Y chromosome.

  • ID: 15092
  • Source: DNAi

15016. Male and female migration patterns, Jaume Bertranpetit.

Geneticist Jaume Bertranpetit speaks about the findings from Y-chromosome and mtDNA studies.

  • ID: 15016
  • Source: DNAi

15090. Y chromosome ancestry, Michael Hammer

Evolutionary geneticist Michael Hammer talks about tracing modern Y chromosomes back to a common ancestor.

  • ID: 15090
  • Source: DNAi

15611. mtDNA / Y chromosome pedigree, animated image

A pedigree illustrating maternal inheritance of mtDNA and paternal inheritance of the Y chromosome.

  • ID: 15611
  • Source: DNAi

15094. Complex story told by tracing genes back to common ancestors, Michael Hammer

Evolutionary geneticist Michael Hammer talks about the limitations of Y-chromosome research and the histories of different genes.

  • ID: 15094
  • Source: DNAi

15142. An ancient lineage: the San, Steve Olson

Author Steve Olson talks about the stable and isolated history of the San people of Southern Africa, who are sometimes known as "Bushmen."

  • ID: 15142
  • Source: DNAi

15095. Tracing ancestry of Jewish priests (Cohenim), Michael Hammer

Geneticist Michael Hammer speaks about Y-chromosome studies used to correlate a population's tradition with its genetics.

  • ID: 15095
  • Source: DNAi

15115. Integrating information using DNA markers, Kenneth Kidd

Geneticist Kenneth Kidd explains his study of human DNA variation in nuclear chromosomes.

  • ID: 15115
  • Source: DNAi

15148. African mitochondrial DNA tree, Stephen Oppenheimer

Geneticist Stephen Oppenheimer talks about the mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosome lineages of our ancestors.

  • ID: 15148
  • Source: DNAi

15143. America: the melting pot, Steve Olson

Author Steve Olson speaks about the genetic variation of North American residents.

  • ID: 15143
  • Source: DNAi