A, A0, & A00
research continues! Matthew Fomine Forka is now collecting new samples in diverse ethnic
communities in Cameroon, in order to
learn more about the most ancient human Y chromosome lineage, A00.
His first trip is to Mbo and Bangwa villages.
DNA sample collecting in Cameroon portrayed on PBS' "First Peoples"
program was only a depiction staged for the sake of TV
filming -- not
the actual sampling for our study. It took ages to get through the
many steps involved in getting ethical approval from Cameroonian
bioethicists. But we finally made it! Our first
field trip is now underway.
Diagram of Perry sample in relation to African A00 Samples tested by
FTDNA and SMGF
Tree was made with the SplitsTree4 program, using 38
markers that all haplotypes had in
common. Other haplogroups were used as outgroups (not shown). Njungo
are the names of communities in the Southwest Region of
Cameroon where these samples were collected. Two samples collected
in Mamfe and Mbetta are noted in parentheses. Some slightly different
tree outcomes grouped Perry with the Tabi and Techoukwi samples.
people of Fontem belong
to the Bangwa ethnic group who speak Ngwe,
and the people of Njungo and Mbetta speak the Nkongho
language considered related to the Mbo language family; both use
English as their main second
language (thus being Anglophone Cameroonians).
of the A Phylogenetic Tree
This shows all the new branches added to the human
family tree by
our research project which sequenced several different African-American
members of the A
- Blog posts telling the
story, with commentaries: