Half of European Men Share King Tut’s DNA?

Is it a lot of hype or true?

If the research holds up then I, too, am related to Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun, popularly known as King Tut. It’s a big IF because Tut’s DNA profile has been interpolated, which basically means the scientists have made an educated guess. The key word in the press release is “reconstructed.”

The researchers didn’t evaluate the DNA themselves; they say they made their findings “with the help” of a film made for the Discovery Channel.

For science this is a very tricky and dangerous methodology. But it certainly gets your name in the news and can be a good way of generating money. I consider it a sham.

This spring and summer my great uncle’s Y chromosome has been “under the microscope,” providing a few details on his haplogroup, R1b, and some cousins. There haven’t been any matches with men who share his surname — Hay — which is a little odd and frustrating, but I am hoping some connections will pop up eventually. At least the results give me some clues and possible directions to look.

We think the common ancestor lived in the Caucasus about 9,500 years ago.”

Geneticists in Switzerland claim that up to 70 percent of British men and half of all Western European men are related to Tut.

The results showed that King Tut belonged to a genetic profile group, known as haplogroup R1b1a2, to which more than 50 percent of all men in Western Europe belong, indicating that they share a common ancestor.

In Egyptian men today this haplogroup makes up less than one percent of the population.

Around 70 percent of Spanish and 60 percent of French men also belong to the genetic group of the Pharaoh who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago.

It is estimated that the earliest migration of haplogroup R1b1a2 into Europe began with the spread of agriculture in 7,000 BC . . . .

The group is now on the hunt for living relatives of Tut, and their money, to test. DNA testing is a great thing and for companies to pull off such stunts really gives the industry a bad reputation, discouraging the common man from using the technology.

ajh

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