A friend gave me a coupon for a cheap DNA test, so I did it. But the company only gives the names of various gene loci and the number of the allele, with no real key to ferreting out the meaning. Where can I go to find this out?
For example, they give a result as D16S539: 8, 9. If I understand correctly, that means that my cells contain two alleles of D16S539, #8 from dad and #9 from mom or vice versa. Now, for all I know, 99% of humans bear one of these two alleles, and therefore it’s meaningless. Or perhaps #8 is strongly concentrated among Egyptians, with less and less frequency in concentric circles going out.
What I’d love is a nice map showing frequencies (like this), but really any source of factual information would be nice.
The results they gave just listed the top 10 countries whose populations are a match, by some methodology known only to them, and my results were in three areas: Middle Eastern countries, Latin countries, and Ireland. Sort of interesting, and slightly surprising.