*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Your DNA Test: Getting the Most Information From Online Resources
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DNA tests are advertised nightly on TV. Whether you are just thinking about one or have results back and are wondering, "Now what?" this course may be of interest to you. Over the course of six sessions, the basics of DNA and genetics (needed to understand your results) are presented. Questions about health, ancestry, heritage, and genealogy are reviewed to determine which test suits you best. Commercial firms and the tests they offer are described along with guidance on navigating the websites (all test results are website based). Finally, GEDMATCH,  a free website that all testers may use to learn more from their results will be explored.  Note: This course does not meet on Friday, November 23.

Instructor Bio:

Dudley Miller holds a PhD in Physics (UFl) and was a post-doctoral researcher at UMd and MIT. Reginald Garrett holds a PhD  in Biology (JHU) where he also conducted post-doctoral research. Both Miller and Garrett have teaching experience at UVA. Dr Miller also worked as an intelligence analyst for the US Army. Dr Garrett will cover the basics of DNA and genetics in the first two sessions. Dr Miller will describe the companies and the tests that are available and provide help with website navigation and research strategies in the remaining sessions.

Required Reading:

Students are expected to have access to a computer and to cover all expenses associated with their commercial DNA test. The course material  may be used to guide the test decision.

Recommended Reading:

DNA for Dummies - To be found on the website GEDmatch: Tools for DNA and Genealogy Research:
https://www.gedmatch.com/login1.php  To access the suggested reading go to the GEDmatch website and establish a free account. Login and find the DNA for Dummies link by scrolling down to the "Learn More" box on the left side of the screen. If you already have test results, you may upload your raw DNA file into GEDmatch and start using the other tools immediately.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B505 Lewis Miller Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec 7, 14 Fr 2:30-4:00 p.m. Homewood Suites WL

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