An Unexpected Result: Genetics Sheds Light on the Spanish Inquisition

December 04, 2008
With the return of Christian rule to Spain in 1492 after nearly 800 years of Muslim rule, hundreds of thousands of people – both Muslim and Jewish – were faced...
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A Family that Lived Together and Died Together

November 19, 2008
About 4,600 years ago, in northern Germany, a small village buried 13 of its residents.   The deceased ranged in age from less than a year to nearly 60 years...
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African American Roots: What Genetics Can Reveal

November 17, 2008
Because their ancestors often were slaves during the 18th and 19th centuries, and therefore usually lacked birth or death certificates, it is very difficult for African American genealogists to trace...
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Building Roots from the Ground Up: Genealogy 2.0

November 12, 2008
Like many Americans, Vincent Vizachero knew only bits and pieces about his family history.   He knew, for instance, that his paternal grandfather emigrated to America from Italy in 1914....
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Human Prehistory 101: The Newest Video Series from 23andMe!

November 11, 2008
When 23andMe launched last November, we set out to make genetics accessible to everyone — not just the experts.   So we created a series of education videos called Genetics...
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Ripples in the Mediterranean: Tracing the Genetic Origins of the Phoenicians

October 30, 2008
About 3,500 years ago the Phoenicians expanded from their homeland in present-day Syria and Lebanon, using their superior maritime technology to establish trading posts across southern Europe and North Africa....
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Not So Close Neighbors: The Genetically Isolated People of Finland

October 29, 2008
Even though European populations have been studied for years, there are still many lingering questions as to the continent’s population history — especially with regards to isolated peoples.   Understanding...
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Charles Darwin’s Mysterious Illness

October 23, 2008
In the year 1831, two very important events happened to 22 year-old biologist Charles Darwin.   The first was that he boarded the Beagle, a research vessel upon which he...
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Roots Television: The Internet TV Channel for Genealogists

October 15, 2008
People naturally yearn to know where they came from. Genealogists scratch that itch by poring over historical documents such as vital records, tax rolls, census lists and diaries to reconstruct...
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Who Built the Terracotta Army? The Genetic Origins of the Qin Dynasty Mausoleum Workers

October 08, 2008
One of the most infamous emperors of Chinese antiquity was the very first:   Qin Shi Huang.   Also known as Ying Zheng, he ruled the Chinese state of Qin...
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