About Blaine Bettinger

I am a registered Patent Attorney at the Syracuse, NY firm Bond, Schoeneck & King. I'm married and have two sons.


I obtained a B.S. in Biology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York in 1998. I received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from SUNY Upstate Medical University in August 2006, and a J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law in May 2009.


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Syracuse Post-Standard - Quoted in How to create your medical family tree by Amber Smith.
Syracuse Post-Standard - Quoted in Future medicine: Patients with genetic codes will seek personalized care from doctors by Amber Smith.
Newsweek - Provided a segment in What Can I Learn From At-Home DNA Tests? by Mary Carmichael.
NewScientist - Quoted in My 'non-human' DNA: a cautionary tale. Peter Aldhous.
Wired Magazine - Quoted in Mr. Know-It-All by Brendan I. Koerner.
Interview with Dick Eastman for RootsTelevision - Blaine Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist.
Diverse - The Value of Knowing Where You Come From by Cassie Chew.
Eye on DNA - Genetic Genealogist Dr. Blaine Bettinger on DNA and Genealogy, with Hsien-Hsien Lei, Ph.D.

My Hobbies

Aside from reading and spending time with my family, I use my extra time to research my family's history, a hobby I've pursued since middle school. I am also interested in Genetic Genealogy, which combines traditional research with cutting-edge genetics to learn more about one's origins. I'm am currently the administrator of the Bettinger Surname Project, co-administrator for the NULL439 DNA Project, and the author of The Genetic Genealogist.


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