Q-M242 Y-DNA

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About us

Y-chromosome Haplogroup Q's Phylogenetics

On May 5, 2008 Karafet 2008 was published in Genome Research. This rolled out the Y-Chromosome Consortium 2008 Tree, YCC2008. This is the scientific standard and the tree used by Family Tree DNA.

Y-chromosome DNA Haplogroup Q's Draft Tree

In the time since the publication of Karafet 2008 many new SNPs have been discovered and the phylogenetics have changed. This project is an ongoing effort to grow what we know of the tree.

Project Membership

The project is open to all Family Tree DNA clients who meet one of these qualifications:

  • Have tested positive for M242 or P36.2 at Family Tree DNA or be predicted positive through their system.
  • Have tested positive for M242 or P36.2 at another lab and send a copy of their results certificate to project administration.
  • Have a positive yDNA match who shares a paper trail ancestor in under eleven generations.

If this describes your kit or a kit that you have proxy rights for, you may join by following this link and filling in your kit number and password. You do not need to order a new kit.

Project Leadership Team

The Y-DNA Q Project is run by a team of administrators, co-administrators, and advisors. In addition to the Family Tree DNA Administrator's Guidelines, the project shall:

  • Inform all project members before allowing their results to be used outside of the project.
  • Inform all project members of policy changes.

Access to Project Members' Anonymized Y-DNA Results

The project leadership team spends considerable private funds for research. It would be wrong for others to have access to these results without the willingness give to research either through funding of sample collection, through funding of sample testing, or by being a proband (a Y-DNA Q male).
  • The project is an open project.
  • Anyone with Y-DNA Q results from FTDNA may join and see applicable results on FTDNA's auto generated pages.
  • Those who tested outside FTDNA results may join with 'Transfer' accounts.
  • The project exists:
  • For the benefit of all project members.
  • To help members understand their results.
  • To advance research.
  • It is not for commercial or personal gain by the administrative team.
  • Membership in the project is FREE --though the DNA tests are not.
  • We do not charge for our interpretation.
  • Research findings are published through the ISOGG Y-Tree, ISOGG YBrowse, open journals, and public blog spaces.
  • Exclusion from bulk e-mails announcing project updates should happen only at the project member's choice.
  • The team welcomes collaboration with reputable researchers in academia and citizen science.
  • We have the right to deny cooperation to people whose work and public activity seem to us questionable. This is purely our choice.
  • Project members' privacy must be maintained.
  • We consider feedback and openness to criticism integral parts of citizen science.
  • Racism and xenophobia will not be tolerated.
  • The project access does not permit for profit use.
  • Do not use it for paid interpretation services.
  • Do not use it to recruit clients.
  • Clear use and attribution in publication.
  • In publications and blog posts the project must be cited as a source.
  • The researcher will make it clear that they are a guest to the project.
  • Project results must never be used for medical or forensic research.
If you would like to have guest access to the project, please contact a project administrator.

General Fund Donations

The Q Y-DNA Haplogroup project is a FREE public project. It is open to all who test positive for or are predicted to be positive for the M242 mutation at Family Tree DNA. Continuing research is possible thanks to many generous contributions. These contributions are used only for DNA sample testing. They do not go toward the time and efforts of project administration.

If you would like to contribute to the Q Y-DNA Haplogroup project, please use this link and specify one of the following projects in the note field.

  • NEW SNP Discovery: During Walk Through the Y (WTY) testing, the project tested 23 Q-M242 men with an average SNP marker discovery rate of 3.5 per sample. In November 2013, Family Tree DNA introduced their new BIG Y product that has 30 times the Y-DNA coverage of Walk Through the Y. To date, the project has had around 120 orders for BIG Y. Much more though is needed. Please consider donating to help fund this vital effort. If you would like to contribute to a specific branch, please put Siberian, East Asian, European, Native American, etc. in the comments when you donate.
  • General: This designation is for those who would like to help others (who cannot otherwise afford it) upgrade to at least 67 STR markers. Testing at 67 STR markers aids not only recent genealogical research but allows for the highest confidence in determining the age of population groups and subclades.
    • General testing of Standard STR (short tandem repeat) markers for those who cannot otherwise afford it.
  • SNP Exploration: As new SNPs are found, it is necessary to test project members to determine their frequency and distribution.
    • Testing all Q-L245 men with the new SNP Panel.
    • Developing a Q-MEH2 (xM3) Panel and testing all Q-MEH2 men.
    • Developing a Q-M3 Panel and testing all Q-M3 men.

Please cite this site as: Rebekah Canada, Alessandro Biondo, Vladimir Gurianov, et al (2005-2016) Y-DNA Haplogroup Q, Family Tree DNA.