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  • Sephardi MO2 vs 23andMe

    I've been reading for the last couple weeks about people getting disappointed about their My Origins 2, What I can say about mine is that is not too different from 23andMe, it just allocated a big part of my southern European to Sephardi DNA, in fact that is a big game changer for me, is not the same to have 2.2% Ashkenazim than have 14% Sephardi. This are my ancestry from both:
    FTDNA

    European 44%
    Iberia 27%
    Southeast Europe 11%
    British Isles 6%

    New World 33%
    North and Central America 30%
    South America 3%

    Jewish Diaspora 14%
    Sephardic 14%

    Middle Eastern 3%
    North Africa

    East Asian 3%
    Siberia 3%

    Trace Results
    East Central Africa < 2%
    South Central Africa < 2%
    West Africa < 2%
    East Europe < 2%
    West Middle East

    23andMe

    European 57.7%

    Southern European 50.7%
    Iberian
    28.0%
    Italian
    0.8%
    Broadly Southern European
    21.9%
    Ashkenazi Jewish
    2.2%
    Northwestern European
    0.1%
    Broadly Northwestern European
    0.1%
    Broadly European
    4.6%

    East Asian & Native American 33.7%
    Native American
    27.7%
    East Asian
    0.8%
    Japanese
    0.4%
    Broadly East Asian
    0.4%
    Broadly East Asian & Native American
    5.3%

    Sub-Saharan African 3.9%
    West African
    3.7%
    Central & South African
    < 0.1%
    Broadly Sub-Saharan African
    < 0.1%

    Middle Eastern & North African 1.1%
    North African
    0.5%
    Broadly Middle Eastern & North African
    0.5%


    Unassigned 3.6%

  • #2
    As much as I wanted the companies to distinguish Sephardic from other populations, I think the inclusion of a Sephardic reference population by FTDNA has been a huge mistake, and is probably the basis of some of the problems I've seen with results for Italians. I believe they should rethink this decision, and offer just one pan-Jewish reference population until the science is developed more.

    Likewise, My Heritage has done the same with their inclusion of several Jewish populations. My father's results there indicate 11.6% Mizrachi Jewish - that's ridiculous. He had no Jewish in FTDNA's MO v1, and the Gedmatch calculators estimate only very small percentages of Jewish, if any.

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    • #3
      Jewish results Issue

      2.0 seemed to haphazardly assign some of my middle eastern to Sephardic Jewish YET not my father's (his father was Iranian). In version 1 FTDNA assigned me 17% Middle East and my father 55%, in version 2 my results are now 11% Sephardic and 6% Middle East yet my father still shows 1% Jewish and 64% Middle east. My mother shows no Middle East. There just has to be a problem with 2.0 that is technical and who knows to what degree for a child to have substantial origin results which are non existent in both parents. I can't imagine any other way to look at this.
      Last edited by JamesBianco; 9 June 2017, 03:01 PM.

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      • #4
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        Here are screen shots of my 2.0 results and then my parents
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