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Re: Mackinlay Surname DNA Project
Posted by: Robert McKinlay (ID *****2075) Date: July 14, 2008 at 20:49:10
In Reply to: Mackinlay Surname DNA Project by Robert T. McKinlay, MD, FACS, FSA Scot of 100

Dear Larry,

In composing a recent letter, I realized that at the time I created Clann Mackinlay Seannachaidh , I started the message boards with the idea that folks could use them as networking tools among themselves & I hadn't planned on interacting with the messages themselves. As the website grew, so did the list of message boards. It would be a logistical nightmare to check 10 sites repeatedly. Hence, I did not realize that you had replied to my initial message, which was really designed to be an announcement, rather than an invitation to discuss it - until I was apprised of your message recently.

To answer your question, most authorities believe that less than 37 marker Y-DNA testing is too insensitive to provide meaningful data on MRCA & close matches. I would recommend no less than a 25 marker test to begin with, but for the serious individual, I'd cut to the chase & go with 37 markers. I've personally upgraded to the 67 marker level of sensitivity. All it takes is a phone call to Houston & either a credit card or they'll invoice you. No further swabbing is necesary. It's smart to join a Surname Project as there is a discount that then applies.

It's tough to fudge DNA results.

If you'd like to communicate with me individually, may I suggest you send an e-mail to

Regards aye,


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