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Due to all the changes and restrictions done to FTDNA projects/groups lately, all group categorization and assistance is very difficult and sometimes impossible. There will be delays in all categorization. So please be patient. Also note that you must give project administrators Limited or Full access to get any help at all, otherwise your results and information is hidden (and there is little point in being a member).

As of April 2018, I no able to view the project members test results. I assume this is due to an incompatibility in the FTDNA web page and my web browser.  In any case, this seems like a good time to resign as a project administrator and hand over the project to another person.   If you are interested in volunteering as a project administrator, please email one of the remaining project admins, or if they do not respond, please contact FTDNA.
Best regards,

This is a project for all U5a members who have completed a Full Sequence (FGS) test. The administrator group also runs the U5 General Project and the U5b FGS project.

We expect U5a members to also be part of the U5 General project which is open for all U5-testers at all levels. The U5 General Project will be the core project where all U5-testers will be members. The U5b and U5a Projects will include those with Full Sequence (FGS) results only. Joining one of the U5 projects will thus mean that you will also be entered in the other relevant project, based on the level of testing.

Our Goals:
To help  all U5-members to learn and understand as much as possible about their subclade.
* for the U5 general project: to add HVR1/HVR2-testers to their tentative groups, and thus give advice about further testing for those who are interested
* encourage more research for U5 FGS-results, so we all can learn more.
* encourage and help those interested in donating their FGS-sequences to GenBank, to be accessible to researchers all over the world
* maintain the best level of privacy for our members, at the same time as we try to learn from each other's results

Important:  If you have completed the FGS test, please consider sharing your FGS coding region results with the project administrators.  The coding region results are not shown on the project page and will not be made public, and by default they are also hidden from the project administrators. The coding region results are essential for identifying your lowest level daughter group, for estimating the age of each daughter group, for identifying new daughter groups and for filling in the fine details on the U5 tree.  To share your coding region results with the project administrators:

  1. log in with your kit number and password
  2. go to Manage Personal Information and the tab called: Privacy & Sharing
  3. scroll down to the U5-projects on the list
  4. tick/check the box to show CR-results for the U5-projects
  5. click "save" at the bottom of the page

Note:  23andMe and Geno 2.0 mtDNA test results do not transfer to the project, so the volunteer project administrators are not able to see your test results.

Subclades and Coding Region results
The U5a FGS-project will assign members to subclades according to current research results. However, without the full genetic scan (FGS) results it may not be possible to put your results into the proper subgroup. It is necessary for the members of this project to allow the administrators to have access to the FGS / CR results of all tests. No other members will have access to the FGS / CR results, and they will not be displayed on the public results page. After your initial join request has been approved, please take special note that you must then do one more step: Please be sure to have your preferences set to allow project administrators to see the coding region results of the FGS.

GenBank Submission
If you have completed a Full Sequence test (FGS, "mega") you can upload your sequence to GenBank to make it accessible to researchers worldwide. Your results could help define further subclades of your haplogroup. You can remain anonymous to the researchers. If you wish to submit your results, please study Ian Logan's page with detailed descriptions on how, or contact the project administrators Gail or Anne. GenBank submission is recommended especially for those who have few or no matches on FGS or rare mutations. 

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