Wednesday, January 23, 2008

James L. Sorenson - Inventor - DNA Pioneer has died

James L. Sorenson, a pioneer in DNA research has died. A self-made billionaire, he used his wealth in many causes.

Genealogists in particular are aware of his efforts with DNA and genealogy. In 1999 he started the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation. The group has collected more than 70,000 DNA samples, together with four-generation pedigree charts, from volunteers in more than 100 countries around the world.

I included the lengthy obituary article in my posting at:


Thanks for sharing this information. In addition to his DNA research, Mr. Sorenson has had a profound impact on our world in general - imagine life before heart monitors or even disposable paper surgical masks.

My heartfelt prayers are extended to his wife, children and other family members. I know what a tender, precious time this is for them. Perhaps they can take some comfort in knowing how literally millions of people were blessed by his inventiveness and generosity.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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