DNA Haplogroups for famous,
or infamous, homo sapiens*

Haplogroups are "branches on the tree of early human migrations and genetic evolution and are defined by genetic mutations or "markers" found in Y chromosome and mtDNA testing. These markers link the members of a haplogroup back to the marker's first appearance in the group's most recent common ancestor."1

The haplogroups for the hosts of the "Today Show" were aired 18 Nov 2005 during an interview with Dr. Spencer Wells.  Source  The Y-haplogroups for Dr. Wells and PBS host, Charlie Rose, were aired on the 23 Jan 2006 segment of the "Charlie Rose Show".  Anderson Cooper's haplogroup was referenced on 21 Feb 2006 "Anderson Cooper 360" segment.  Susan Sarandon's mtDNA haplogroup was aired on a BBC Wales program on 29 November 2006.  Bono's haplogroups published in the July 2007 issue of Vanity Fair.
Alex Haley's nephew, Chris Haley, confirmed his paternal line European ancestry in Nov 2007. Source
New York Governor, David Paterson's mtDNA haplogroup, L2a, displayed on NYNow interview 13 Feb 2008 Source

Y-Chromosome DNA Haplogroups

Mitochondrial DNA Haplogroups

The branches on the above haplogroup trees have been shortened to conserve space.  (Links for more detailed diagrams of Y-haplogroup and mitochondrial trees.) All of the above haplogroups have been confirmed through commercial genetic testing, or in published scientific studies. Visit ISOGG's "Famous DNA" page for source citations on the scientific studies on Jesse James, Marie Antoinette, and Prince Philip.  
1National Geographic Genographic Project glossary

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