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The Western New York Genealogical Society would like to invite you to join
us for our upcoming free program on Saturday, November 16th in Buffalo, New
Using DNA to Explore Your Ancestry with Dr. Blaine Bettinger*
Saturday, November 16, 2013
10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Open to the Public. Free to Attend.
No registration required.
Mason O. Damon Auditorium
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library - Central Branch
1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203
With the growing popularity of genetic genealogy testing services such as
23andMe, AncestryDNA, and Family Tree DNA comes an increasing number of
questions for researchers. Join us as nationally recognized scientist,
lawyer, and blogger Dr. Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. discusses the use
of the DNA technology in genealogy.
In his talk, Dr. Bettinger will explain autosomal DNA testing, the newest
type of testing used to explore ancestry. Rather than simply testing one
line like Y-DNA or mtDNA tests, autosomal tests provide a more complete
picture of an individual’s ancestors. Autosomal DNA testing can be used to
find long-lost genetic cousins, reveal ethnic roots, and even explore a
person’s health. Together, we’ll examine the science of autosomal DNA and
how best to use this new tool in genealogy research.
An avid genealogist, Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. is an intellectual
property and technology attorney at the firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King. He
obtained a Ph.D. from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse where his
research was in the fields of biochemistry, genetics, cell biology and
molecular biology. Dr. Bettinger has extensive experience with the many
ethical, legal and social implications and issues associated with personal
genomics. He is a former editor of the Journal of Genetic Genealogy and the
author of The Genetic Genealogist [http://www.thegeneticgenealogist.com], a
leading blog in the area of direct-to-consumer genetic testing.
We hope to see you there. Visit the WNYGS website at
http://www.wnygs.org/meeting-2013-11.html to download a copy of the program