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Improved Models of Coalescence Ages of Y-DNA Haplogroups

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Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Strathclyde, 40 George St., Glasgow G1 1QE, UK
Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
Department of Physics & Astronomy, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK
Academic Editors: Arthur Berg, Rongling Wu and Dajiang Liu
Genes 2021, 12(6), 862;
Received: 16 April 2021 / Revised: 27 May 2021 / Accepted: 2 June 2021 / Published: 4 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Statistical Genetics)
Databases of commercial DNA-testing companies now contain more customers with sequenced DNA than any completed academic study, leading to growing interest from academic and forensic entities. An important result for both these entities and the test takers themselves is how closely two individuals are related in time, as calculated through one or more molecular clocks. For Y-DNA, existing interpretations of these clocks are insufficiently accurate to usefully measure relatedness in historic times. In this article, I update the methods used to calculate coalescence ages (times to most-recent common ancestor, or TMRCAs) using a new, probabilistic statistical model that includes Y-SNP, Y-STR and ancilliary historical data, and provide examples of its use. View Full-Text
Keywords: human Y chromosome; molecular clock; male history; time estimation human Y chromosome; molecular clock; male history; time estimation
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