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Male Aindows in UK - Viking survey
Posted by: jayne Date: July 13, 2000 at 13:40:43
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Hi thought u may find this of interest

Blood of the Vikings

A new national survey

BBC TWO and University College London are looking for volunteers for
a nationwide scientific survey.

They are recruiting 2,500 male volunteers from across the British Isles
to take part in a ground breaking scientific survey which will
provide the basis for a BBC TWO television series next year.

Questions to answer
The 15 month study will be led by top geneticist, Wolfson Professor
David Goldstein. He and his team will take DNA samples from
volunteers to search for genetic evidence of the Vikings. The study
hopes to answer the question 'How Viking are the people of the
British Isles?' and to identify today's Viking descendants.

Viking families
The Vikings spread further and conquered more widely than the Romans,
yet little is known about their time in Dark Age Britain and Ireland.
The survey will attempt to discover how many of the Vikings stayed
and made the British Isles their home. The project will also examine
both male and female ancestry to try to find out ether the first
Viking invaders brought their families with them, or came alone.

Volunteers must be male and must live in one of 25 specific locations in
the British Isles (listed in the application forms). Once selected,
recruits will be asked to take mouth swabs and return them to
Professor Goldstein for analysis. If you'd like to take part in the
Blood of the Vikings survey, please read 'Details of the Survey',
then either call the BBC History Line on 08700 10 60 60 for an
application form or print out one of the forms available below.
If you live in Ireland, an international freepost address will appear
on this site shortly.

The "further details" link gives the following :
Details of the survey
Professor Goldstein's genetic survey of Britain starts this month (July 2000).

He will take 100 samples of male DNA from each of 25 locations across
the British Isles, together with comparative samples from the
continent. This will help to identify the male and female Viking
contribution to the British population. He will use DNA from mouth
swabs, taken from men because male Y chromosomes provide detailed
information about male ancestry. In addition, men possess other types
of DNA that will tell him about the female ancestral line.

BBC Factual and Learning and the UCL genetics team need to recruit
volunteers from males who live within 20 miles of following 22 small
towns or cities:-
Stornoway (Lewis)                     Durness (Highlands)
Stonehaven (Aberdeenshire)        Kirkwall (Orkney)
Lerwick (Shetland)               Oban (Argyll)
Pitlochry (Perthshire)               Penrith (Cumbria)
Morpeth (Northumberland)        York (North Yorkshire)
Llanidloes (Powys)               Haverfordwest (Pembrokeshire)
Uttoxeter (Staffordshire)               Horncastle (Lincolnshire)
Dorchester (Dorset)               Midhurst (West Sussex)
Faversham (Kent)                      Sheringham (Norfolk)
Penzance (Cornwall)               Castlerea (Roscommon - Irish Republic)
Rush (North County of Dublin, Irish Republic)        Ramsey (Isle of Man)

Or from these three large cities:-
Glasgow               London              Liverpool

Those males from the first 22 locations should also be able to trace
either their father's father or their mother's mother to the same
location. The reason for this is that in these areas, we are trying
to trace the genes that might have been passed down over generations,
in the same geographical area, in order to get a picture of the
British Isles 1000 years ago. In the three cities on the other hand,
we are trying to get a 'snapshot' of how Viking genes are distributed
in the mobile populations in the big cities of The British Isles

The genetic survey will not be looking for physical characteristics, such
as colouring and height, which are largely irrelevant, but will look
at particular genes that have no known effect and are thought to be
common in Vikings and therefore suitable for tracing their movements
in history. The survey will assess the spread of the genes through
the populations of the British Isles and is likely to reveal a
complex picture of ethnic mixing which began in pre-history and
continues to this day. Any male, regardless of ethnic background, is
welcome to volunteer to take part in the genetic survey as long as he
meets the criteria outlined above.

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