Genealogical DNA Testing:
What Does It Mean for You (and Others)?
Speaker: Dr. Eric Mercer
Shaarei Shomayim Congregation
470 Glencairn Avenue
Entrance: North (parking lot) doors
Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at 8:00 pm
Doors open at 7:30 pm
Have you completed DNA testing but don’t know how to use the results? Or, are you interested in testing, but concerned about legal, medical, or social risks?
Eric Mercer, a JGS Toronto member, is the leader of our DNA Special Interest Group (SIG). He has a Post Doctorate in the field of Biological Sciences and is currently active in this field. Eric was not always comfortable with the advent of commercial DNA home testing; however, when contacted by a potential cousin who was desperate to find his genetic connections to Eric’s tree, his compassion for this individual’s search led him to test with FamilyTree DNA. What he learned influenced the growth of his own tree. From there he began to explore the area of ethics, privacy, and law enforcement as well as what is happening in the genetic genealogy field internationally and between various countries.
In this presentation, Eric will show us how to start the DNA testing process and how to use the DNA test results to advance our genealogy research. He will also explore issues of privacy, benefits, and risks for personal and public medicine and the use of results in the sphere of law enforcement. Join us for an insightful evening that is sure to include a lively discussion.
Members: Free. Guests: $5
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