Unsuspected shared ancestries

May 25, 2011

Interesting technique; interesting results, via SchwartzReport

A sample:

“A new study by Harvard researchers casts new light on the intermingling and migration of European, Middle Eastern and African and populations since ancient times.

“In a paper titled “The History of African Gene Flow into Southern Europeans, Levantines and Jews,” published in PLoS Genetics, HMS Associate Professor of Genetics David Reich and his colleagues investigated the proportion of sub-Saharan African ancestry present in various populations in West Eurasia, defined as the geographic area spanning modern Europe and the Middle East. While previous studies have established that such shared ancestry exists, they have not indicated to what degree or how far back the mixing of populations can be traced.”

Population genetics reveals shared ancestries in http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-05/hms-pgr052411.php

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