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    With the recent discussion of Muhammad, I was wondering if any more progress had been made in terms of Confucius' haplotype. The following text from wikipedia notwithstanding, it's only a matter of time until a group of descendants gets tested.

    Does anyone know anyone from the book who has been tested?

    From Wikipedia ...
    [I][INDENT]Confucius's family, the Kongs, has the longest recorded still extant pedigree in the world today. The father-to-son family tree, now in its 83rd generation, has been recorded since the death of Confucius. According to the Confucius Genealogy Compilation Committee, he has 2 million known and registered descendants, and there are an estimated 3 million in all. Of these, several tens of thousands live outside of China. In the 1300s, a Kong descendant went to Korea, where an estimated 34,000 descendants of Confucius live today. One of the main lineages fled from the Kong ancestral home in Qufu during the Chinese Civil War in the 1940s, and eventually settled in Taiwan.

    Because of the enormous interest in the Confucius family tree, there was projects in China to test the DNA of known family members. Among other things, this would allow scientists to identify a common Y chromosome in male descendants of Confucius. If the descent is truly unbroken, father-to-son, since Confucius's lifetime, the males in the family will all have the same Y chromosome as their direct male ancestor, with slight mutations due to the passage of time. However, in 2009, the family authorities decided not to agree to DNA testing. Bryan Sykes, professor of genetics at Oxford University, understands this decision: "The Confucius family tree has an enormous cultural significance,

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    Confucius Family Tree

    Here's an update on the paper side of the family tree. It's a shame that we haven't been able to identify someone for DNA testing.

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