Wretched, terrible, destructive year, the remnants of the people alone remain."
It was the international disease gripped planet Earth during the Middle Ages. In just four years, from 1341 to 1351, the Black Death killed up to 200 million people in Europe, with the disease steadily advancing west across the Continent. As a fifteen-year-old, princess Joan of England was to be betrothed to Peter of Castile. As Joan of England disembarked at Bordeaux she ignored the warnings of Bordeaux’s mayor, Raymond de Bisquale that the Black Death had gripped Bordeaux.
The royal castle where the princess and her entourage had lodged were surrounded by hundreds of decomposing corpses of the pestilence. Those still in the Black Death's grip showed tell-tale signs of infection: buboes, often painful and swollen lymph nodes as large as chicken eggs under the armpits. Those sick people were coughing up blood, lying prostrate from the fatigue of struggling with the plague before collapsing and dying in the street.
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What can I do with my raw AncestryDNA file?
I’ve noticed that one of the benefits of undertaking an AncestryDNA test is the ability to download the raw data. I’ve used this feature several times including uploading it to MyHeritage DNA, DNA.Land and to Promethease. You can expect over time for all of these consumer DNA companies to offer more and more analysis of your DNA sample. (I previously compared AncestryDNA and DNA.Land here, and my view on MyHeritageDNA is here. My review of Gene Heritage is also here.)
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“You have your mother’s eyes.”
This was the seminal moment in the Harry Potter series when Severus Snape pointedly reminded us all that ‘her’ eyes were inherited by Harry Potter, the boy whose very existence tortured Snape.
But it is these sorts of phrases that you find yourself saying when you meet families - the same eyes, comments like, ‘you look like your dad’, or that ‘it runs in the family’. Notions of inheritance are noted throughout history: famously through the haemophiliacs of European royalty, desirable aquiline or Roman nose profiles and the mystery of inheritance of the Melungeons of the rural American South.
What Gene Heritage Can Tell You
Gene Heritage offers something unique to Ancestry DNA, MyHeritage and 23andMe. Unlike the others Gene Heritage can tell you about your inherited traits, and, if you’ve tested a child, parent and grandparent, the report can tell you where you inherited that trait from. Gene Heritage wants to give AncestryDNA, 23andMe and FamilyTreeDNA customers a new way to learn more about their genes and traits in a format that’s both entertaining and informative.
I was given the opportunity to test Gene Heritage. I’ve taken a look at the report I generated, following my own AncestryDNA experience here. (I previously compared AncestryDNA and DNA.Land here, and reviewed MyHeritageDNA here).