It really makes sense for a DNA company or third party DNA tools site to let you link to your profile at a genealogy site rather than reinventing the wheel with their own tree software. So DNA.land now has a feature where you can link your GENI profile to your DNA results page. Then your matches can view your family tree at GENI to see where you might be related.
Last fall I blogged about DNA.land -a nice new web site created by Erlich Lab (a non profit associated with Columbia University). The idea is to have you upload your raw DNA test results in order to contribute to their research and then you get some DNA features in return. The privacy is good: only your matches and the relatives of matches can see your profile and where your DNA matches theirs. So perhaps get your ancestry matches to upload their data there if they are leery of the more open GEDmatch.
At Rootstech I attended a talk by Dina Zielinski from Erlich Lab about DNA.land and the power of big data. She played a wonderful video (above) showing human migration as seen from Erlich Labs analysis of the birth places of 43 million public profiles from Geni.com
Some other interesting tidbits from her talk were that 20% of your longevity is in your genes and that the expected NPE (non paternal event) rate from genealogists has been validated.
The recent breakthrough in the genetics of schizophrenia would not have been possible without the “the statistical power conferred by analyzing the genomes of 65,000 people.” The Erlich lab does similar research. They are working on the genetics of rare disorders like Joubert and Goldenhar syndrome as well as Parkinson’s. I am excited to contribute my DNA to their research, have you uploaded yours yet?
In order to connect GENI profiles to the kits of some of my very elderly relatives who have given me full permission to have my way with their DNA, I had to set their GENI profiles up with email addresses and accept the GENI invites. Then I logged in to their new GENI accounts before logging into their DNA.land accounts (which also needed separate email addresses).
A little known trick to create extra email addresses when you have a gmail account is that you can add a plus to your name followed by a new name. This will create another email address that will come to your normal account. So for example the email address email@example.com will be delivered to the myname account.
Another new feature at DNA.land is the ability to see the relatives of your relatives, which sounds interesting but I have not done much with it yet. Also since my blog post last October they have added a speculative matches section below your high certainty matches, giving your more matches to follow up on (and maybe if you are in luck, they will be connected to the tree at GENI).
What I like best about the DNA.land display is the “old” versus “recent” DNA match segments. My match with my Dad above even shows some old segments. I also like how compact it is.