JANUARY 10, 2009

Yesterday, January 9, 2009, was the third anniversary of the founding of our mtDNA Haplogroup K Project. We now have 1149 members, including 30 who tested with companies other than FTDNA. On average, that’s slightly more than one new member per day. We remain the second largest mtDNA haplogroup project after the H project; H being about 40% of the European population to our about 8%.

Looking at just the FTDNA members, 756 of us or almost 68% have HVR2 results, and 277 or almost 25% have received full-sequence (FGS) results. Four more FGS tests are in progress. 63 members have submitted their FGS results to the federal GenBank database. The scientific community has just recently taken notice of the FTDNA GenBank submissions and started using them in scientific papers. About 20% of the 310 FTDNA GenBank submissions are from our K Project – far above our percentage of the population.

443, or almost 40% of the members tested originally through the Genographic Project while 17 began at Igenia, FTDNA’s European subsidiary.

If you haven’t looked at our website recently at , check out the Members Subgrouping on the main chart and the Google map below the chart. I’ve been able to assign most members to a subgroup, which may include more than one related subclade. Those not subgrouped usually need to have HVR2 results from the mtDNARefine test or FGS results from the HVR1toMega or HVR2toMega tests. My progress report from last June, on the News tab, discusses the Subgrouping in detail.

The Google map displays the coordinates members have added at the User Preferences tab on their personal pages. We now have so many pins on the map – more than I can count! – that migration patterns for subclades are emerging just from the map. And yes, we do have members tracing to South Africa and the Philippines. I correct the common mistakes, such as leaving out the dash before Western Hemisphere longitudes, which would otherwise put lots of pins in China, and missing decimal points, which usually puts pins on the North Pole. (If your ancestors really did live at the North Pole, contact me off list so I can reverse the correction.) 

I haven’t added as many charts and maps to the News tab recently. Most of my K-time has been spent in the last year working on new K subclade trees based on all the new FGS results from Project members and from GenBank sequences from scientific papers. A good demonstration of the important of our 277 Project FGS results is that during the same period and since the publication of Dr. Behar’s current K tree in 2006, there have been only 59 new GenBank K sequences from scientific papers. Once a new K tree is published – this year, I hope! – our Project will have made the largest contribution to it. The number of K subclades may triple. By the way, for the few of you who still have not replied to the FGS notification e-mail from FTDNA with “Agree” to the use of your results anonymously for scientific purposes (in this case, a revised K tree), you still have time. If you have questions about this, contact me.

© William R. Hurst

Administrator, mtDNA Haplogroup K Project