Niall of the Nine Hostages and DNAGeeks

The past 5 weeks have been a whirlwind. In starting DNAGeeks we wanted to share our passion for genomics, and also tap into other people’s passions. That has meant rolling out products related to genetic genealogy, inside jokes about science, or more pointed commentary about the state of a scientific career. Hopefully, all of this gets people talking and spreads awareness and interest in genetic testing, as well as science in general (something I’ve tried to do with the blog obviously).

We want folks to know that science is serious but can also be fun. The genetic genealogy community synthesizes both a passion for science and a deep humanism. When we rolled out our Haplotees we focused on the broadest haplogroup lineages, paternal and maternal.

Now as we gain traction, we are trying to delve deep into specific historical stories. Recently, in collaboration with an early supporter of DNAGeeks , we developed the R1b-M222 Haplotee which highlights the lineage of men descended from Niall of the Nine Hostages. It’s a fascinating story of one dude that fathered tons of folks (or more broadly, one of the major lineages of the Sons of Mil)…. This is what we mean that the passion for genetics is deep, as these sorts of topics combine the latest science with history and great personal stories. In the future, with greater feedback from the community, we hope to roll-out other offerings, tailored to the interests and passions of specific groups.

We want to hear from you. Get in touch in the comments below. We are now developing our “roadmap” for the next year so feedback has, and will, make a difference.

(I like the idea of Genghis Khan shirt but wonder about the market size)

9 thoughts on “Niall of the Nine Hostages and DNAGeeks

  1. .
    “…wonder about the market size” Heh. Hah. Hoh!

    Shirt wording: “There’s a Genghis Among Us”

    The graphic is a black and white full-body image of Genghis, with the colorful gnxp-DNA logo at crotch…

  2. The GNXP logo is valuable, and I hope you have trademarked it. For us older dudes, loud nerdy t-shirts are not so cool. How about a polo shirt with a small GNXP. Maybe this is how genes express themselves- with fashion.

  3. “we developed the R1b-M222 Haplotee which highlights the lineage of men descended from Niall of the Nine Hostages. It’s a fascinating story of one dude that fathered tons of folks (or more broadly, one of the major lineages of the Sons of Mil)….”

    Aww… and here I was thinking you were making a reference to the highly-underrated animated Return of the King movie from 1980: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW_ocZLaRdI

  4. The graphic, arrow coming from Africa and going to Europe, it looks very similar in all haplogroups.

    Maybe start from somewhere else than hg. A and make it more realistic by having splits etc. Maybe also something like heat map?

    Heat map triggers all sorts of associations, rather than bland “we’re all from africa” which is very non-personal.

  5. S781, which is tied to just the surname Stewart. I’d buy one! But maybe this is a niche market — not profitable. But there aren’t many tied to just one surname. Kind of cool.

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