The DNA and Surnames

Your surname lies hidden in your genes, as evidenced by a recent study. This surprising study suggests that forensic evidence found at the scene of a crime could be read in a laboratory and genetic data reveal a highly accurate such as on behalf of the criminal. Professor Bryan Sykes, Oxford University, began this research as "fun", but today is about to revolutionize not only forensic science, but genealogy. Professor Sykes used samples from 61 volunteers who shared the same surname to establish a relationship between this and some features of the genetic code. He found similar results in three other surnames, but thinks that the link can not be found in most common surnames like Smith or Jones. Starting a dynasty The research provides the first direct link between genes and genealogy, showing that successive generations of a family can inherit genetic traits characteristic. This implies that those who share a surname also share a single common ancestor. This contradicts the current beliefs of genealogists, who think that there are several founders for each household name. "This equates to each family with the surname aristocratic, the ability to trace the family tree to find an original founder" said Professor Sykes. The Sykes family name refers to a particular class of boundaries very common in the countryside of Yorkshire, suggesting that some people might have taken as the surname over the centuries XIII and XIV, when he inherited surnames began to be common. Stories of infidelity is traditional in England that children acquire only the paternal surname so the professor and his colleague Catherine Sykes Irven sought the answer in the Y chromosome, that parents transmit to their sons but not their daughters. Randomly chose 250 men with the surname Sykes and called upon them samples of his DNA: 61 of them sent a sample of saliva. Half of the group shared only sections of DNA that were not found in the control group, nor in Yorkshire or in other areas of the United Kingdom. The other half did not have the characteristic of the AND Sykes, suggesting the existence of any infidelity within the dynasty Sykes. However, estimates of the degree of infidelity in the family during the 700-history of this surname British have proved very low. If only 1.3% of each generation Sykes had been fathered by another parent, then the accumulation of genes "outsiders" would have resulted in that epitomizes the Sykes had not been detectable.

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