genetic diversity

23andMe’s African Ancestry Project

November 01, 2013
The human story begins in Africa, but for many African Americans searching for their ancestral roots, finding where their family story begins on that great continent is nearly impossible, because...
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Is Autoimmunity a Result of Genetic Adaptation to Pathogens?

November 30, 2011
Pinworms–small worms that infect the intestines–are the most common worm infection in the United States. Although all people are over 99.9% genetically identical, the small amount of diversity that does...
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New Study on Genetics of Ethnic Groups Reveals We May Not Be So Different After All

September 02, 2009
There are many examples around the world of two distinct ethnic groups living side by side. Sometimes these groups co-exist peacefully. Other times they do not. Often two groups’ differences...
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Scientists Publish Largest-Ever Study on the Genetics of Modern Africans

April 30, 2009
When scientific research is published, the authors often confess that they wish they’d collected more data. Critical reviews of research studies often say the same thing. Indeed, if there’s anything...
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The World in a Pipette: Two Studies Look at Human DNA Diversity

February 21, 2008
If you take two members of the human race at random and ask how much their genomes differ, you’ll get a surprising answer: they’re almost identical. On average, for every...
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