Y-HAPLOGROUPS A, A0, & A00
Success! Matthew has returned from his first, extended field trip to Mbo and Bangwa (Nweh) villages. He brought 204 samples back to Yaounde, along with the corresponding consent forms and data about each donor. The samples have now reached the YSEQ lab in Berlin, where many tests are being carried out by Astrid and Thomas Krahn.
The first two batches have given us a total of twenty members of A00! Seventeen are Bangwa and three are Mbo. There is still another batch to go. Preliminary SNP testing shows diversity among these A00 samples already.
Another trip, to the Bamileke people, is planned for this fall. This will allow us to find out whether the A00 found among the Bangwa was brought with them from the Bamileke, or was among indigenous people living in the hills of Lebialem when the Bangwa founders arrived.
We hope to discover greater diversity in the A00 from other parts of Cameroon. Our most ambitious trips are still to come. One will visit the western regions toward the Cross River Valley, home to the Banyangi and Ejagham peoples. In the other, Matthew will seek out the communities of the Pygmy peoples in the South and East of Cameroon.
In order to fulfill these dreams, we'll be needing your ongoing support. A new fundraiser will soon be launched, but until then, we will gratefully accept your contributions at the Ancient Roots Research PayPal page: