Reconstructing Joseph Smith Genome

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Raised by 58 people in 21 months
Ugo A. Perego  NAUVOO, IL
I have a PhD in Genetics and Biomolecular Sciences from the University of Pavia, Italy and I have been working on the DNA of the Joseph Smith Jr. family as a side project off and on for nearly 15 years. This information has been used for genealogical and historical purposes in order to answer questions pertaining to his ancestry and posterity. I have published my results in articles that are available on the site http://www.JosephSmithDNA.com. At that time I had resources available through the laboratory I was working for, but I am now an independent researcher with my own consulting company ( http://www.GeneticGenealogyConsultant.com). My objective is to test a limited, but carefully selected number of living descendants of Joseph Smith Jr., founder of the Mormon movement, utilizing new technologies that have become available over the past few years. The results of these tests will be used to reconstruct a more detailed genetic profile of Joseph Smith based on autosomal DNA.  I hope to use this information to address more complex alleged paternity cases that have been historically linked to Joseph Smith, as well as adding a genomic dimension by compiling his genetic profile, which was previously only partially available. The company that I will use is 23andMe ( http://www.23andMe.com) and each test will cost $99 plus S&H. I will use their services because over the years I feel like they have been the most consistent with the quality of data and analysis tools available. If you would like to help with this project, please donate something to it. Thank you. Dr. Ugo A. Perego
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Update 21
Posted by Ugo Alessandro Perego
5 months ago
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Hello everyone. Here is another update. The scientific version of the paper on Joseph Smith/Josephine is near completion and I hope to have it ready for submission some time in November. We just ran a few more analysis to strengthen our conclusions. I am also continuing data collection and analysis with regard to the paternal and maternal origin of JS through the Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA respectively.

In the meantime, if you'd like to hear about my DNA work regarding Joseph Smith's offspring (including Josephine's paternity case) and other projects, here is a podcast that was posted online yesterday: http://www.ldsperspectives.com/2016/10/26/dna-detective-work-ugo-perego

Please share this project. Thanks.
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Update 20
Posted by Ugo Alessandro Perego
6 months ago
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Excited about presenting tomorrow afternoon at the 14th Italian Federation of Life Sciences on my work on Joseph Smith DNA. Also, I am making progresses with two publications, one for a humanities and one for a science journal. The next step is to work on some more genetic ancestry using the Y chromosome and mirochondrial DNA I have reconstructed for JS as well as assembling his nuclear DNA profile. Donations are still welcome and very much appreciated for this project as I am working as an independent researcher on it. Thank you!
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Update 19
Posted by Ugo Alessandro Perego
7 months ago
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LIVE! Attending the Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Family Reunion in Nauvoo as a family friend. There are a few people here I would really like to collect a DNA sample as part of reconstructing and preserving Joseph Smith's genome. It is good to be here.
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Update 18
Posted by Ugo Alessandro Perego
9 months ago
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As many of you already know, the presentation at the Mormon History Association in Utah was well received. The research into Josephine Lyon's biological paternity showed that her DNA was shared with other Lyons and not with the Smith family. Genealogical and genetic data is now available at http://www.JosephSmithDNA.com/Josephine_Lyon, together with a white paper explaining the background to the study. Two papers about this project are in progress. One will be submitted to a journal on Mormon history and another one to a scientific journal. A publication in a scientific journal will require a strict peer-review process, but it will provide more visibility and credibility. Others may benefit from the scientific approach introduced with the Joseph Smith/Josephine Lyon case. However, publications in scientific journals are expensive if we want the article to be open source (available for free to everyone) and not behind a pay wall (as many scientific journals require nowadays). The estimated fees are in the range of 3 to 4 thousands dollars.

If you would like to help, this is what the money will be used for.

Here is the Deseret News article about the MHA presentation.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865656112/Joseph-Smith-apparently-was-not-Josephine-Lyons-father-Mormon-History-Association-speaker-says.html?pg=all

Unfortunately, they spelled Autosomal DNA incorrectly! Oh, well...
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Kristen Molen
20 months ago

Sorry, it's the first link included in Update 1 that does not work. The second link under the "I have a PhD" does work.

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Kristen Molen
20 months ago

And it works now, lol. Not sure why it didn't the first time, ha ha. Maybe you fixed it that fast.

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Kristen Molen
20 months ago

The link www.JosephSmithDNA.com. above doesn't work, and I think it's because of the period at the end that is connected to the link. Wanted to let people know it does work if you type it in your search bar without that period at the end.

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Raised by 58 people in 21 months
Created July 2, 2015
Ugo A. Perego  
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Dane Bounds
13 months ago

The work you are doing is important. Thank you for doing it.

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Kristen Molen
20 months ago

Sorry, it's the first link included in Update 1 that does not work. The second link under the "I have a PhD" does work.

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Kristen Molen
20 months ago

And it works now, lol. Not sure why it didn't the first time, ha ha. Maybe you fixed it that fast.

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Kristen Molen
20 months ago

The link www.JosephSmithDNA.com. above doesn't work, and I think it's because of the period at the end that is connected to the link. Wanted to let people know it does work if you type it in your search bar without that period at the end.

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