New Study Reveals Complex Origins of the Malagasy

June 19, 2009
Only 250 miles separates the island of Madagascar from the southeast coast of Africa.   The short distance between the two land masses traditionally led the outside world to assume...
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Recalibrating the Genetic Clock: Scientists Develop New and Improved Method for Timing Prehistoric Human Migrations Using Mitochondrial DNA

June 09, 2009
Just over 20 years ago, the first study using mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) to trace prehistoric human migrations was published. In this seminal study, scientists managed to determine that all humans...
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Leaving No Stone Unturned: DNA Analysis Confirms Identities of Missing Romanovs

February 23, 2009
There are many mysteries surrounding the final days of the last Emperor of Russia, Tsar Nicholas, and his family.   The most perplexing of them all is the fate of...
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Reading Between the Lines: An Unlikely Use for Mitochondrial DNA Analysis

January 13, 2009
At the Spittoon we love to hear how scientists are using our DNA to unlock the mysteries of our ancestors.   In fact, hardly a week goes by when we...
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Across the Pillars of Hercules: Recent Study Confirms Prehistoric Connection between Iberia and North Africa

January 07, 2009
Less than eight nautical miles wide, the Strait of Gibraltar is an easily surmountable barrier between northwest Africa and Spain. Military invaders such as Hannibal of Carthage and the caliphs...
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Where Today Meets Yesterday: A New Approach to Studying the Genetic History of Southeast Asia

December 10, 2008
Archaeologists rarely agree on anything.   So it’s no surprise that for years two groups of scholars have drawn completely opposite conclusions about the relationship between the ancient people of...
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ASHG Releases Ancestry Testing Statement Emphasizing Interpretation

November 14, 2008
The American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG) has released a statement outlining a set of recommendations for genetic ancestry testing. At a press briefing on Thursday, members of the ASHG...
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Benvinguts a Barcelona: Notes from the 2008 Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution Conference

June 27, 2008
This month I had the opportunity to go to the Society of Molecular Biology and Evolution conference in the striking city of Barcelona. This is the premiere conference for geneticists...
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Haplogroups of the Rich and Famous

June 16, 2008
Jesse James Editor’s note: This post has been corrected from the original, which gave the incorrect location of Jesse James’ grave. One of the most engaging features of 23andMe’s Personal...
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