So I got my DNA results today. No, I haven’t been involved in some sort of crime, I’ve had my genome sequenced for Xmas. Anyone can do this: there are various sites where you can sign up and for a fee you get a jar to spit in which you then send off, a bit like a covid test but without the anxiety, and then you get all sorts of information back about your genetic make-up.
Mine wasn’t terribly surprising. I know that I come from three generations of Londoners, but I also have one Scottish great grandparent and some Scandinavian input. You can find out loads more including your predisposition to diseases, but I haven’t done that yet. Anyway I’m 63% British or Irish, 28% French or Belgian and bits of Scandinavian. I’m also more Neanderthal than 53% of the population. Not sure what to make of that really, though OH reckons the Neanderthals have a bad press.
So now you know. I hope you all had a good Xmas and are enjoying the holiday.
2 thoughts on “I’m 63% British and a Bit Neanderthal Apparently”
I’m so glad you’ve done this! It also confirmed much of what I thought about your ancestry.
I know quite a few people who took the test, and almost all came back as predominantly ‘Viking’. Considering the Vikings occupied around half of England for over 250 years, that’s hardly surprising.
Neanderthal is more interesting. I thought we all came from them. Obviously not.
Best wishes, Pete.