02 May 2013

17:00 - 19:00

Please note the start time of 17:00. The session will consist of two talks:

The People of the British Isles Project - the genetic structure of Britain and beyond

Dr Winney will discuss the background to the project and how modifications were made in data analysis to show the very small differences in genetic patterns between the samples obtained. He will show the very high level of genetic mapping detail across the regions in the British Isles and give some insight on where the Project is going next.

DNA and Family History 2013 - where have we come from and where are we going?

Drs Swann and Gleeson will cover aspects of DNA testing for family history researchers, with a focus on recent advances. DNA can augment conventional family history and genetic family history will be of increasing importance to medical history. They will look at ancient DNA, and advances still to be made on DNA sequencing and analysis. There is a limit to what DNA can achieve, but that limit is still some way off.

Dr Bruce Winney is a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford. His background is in population genetics and he is currently running the 'People of the British Isles' project at Oxford, whose aim is to create a genetic map of the UK.

Dr Maurice Gleeson is a psychiatrist, a pharmaceutical physician, and an avid family history researcher. He will discuss autosomal DNA testing and how it can help you break through brick walls in family history research.

Dr Brian Swann has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 40 years and is England and Wales regional co-ordinator for ISOGG, the International Society of Genetic Genealogy.

Sponsored by the Friends of The National Archives.

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