The Eurogenes blog is running a fundraiser. I chipped in mostly to support his continued blogging. I don’t agree with everything he posts, but the site is a good and valuable resource. “Genome blogging” hasn’t gotten as far as I’d have thought it would have in 2010, mostly because the initial burst of enthusiasm wasn’t followed up by a consistent producer community (in addition to the commentariat). But Eurogenes soldiers on….
In any case, as part of the donation I got an analysis of my genotype. I wasn’t super interested in this because I know a fair amount about my genotype, and the analysis isn’t too informative for someone like me who is >10% East Eurasian. But I thought I would post the PCA because it’s interesting. It’s hard to see in the image above (click it for a larger version), but you notice that I am almost equally positioned between the antipodes of Eurasia (Western Europeans vs. East Asians). Most South Asians occupy a position in between, but definitely skewed toward West Eurasians (the green). But you notice I’m nearly the most “eastern” of the main cluster of South Asians. Depending on how you calculate it I’m between 10% and 20% East Eurasian. This “pulls” me in that direction more than almost all other South Asians. Like a colossus I look east, and I look west, and stand athwart Eurasia bridging the gap.
In any case, if you have $12 to spare, think about donating to Eurogenes. Logistics are at the link.