DNA News Update – Friday, July 7, 2017

First big efforts to sequence ancient African DNA reveal how early humans swept across the continent and other DNA news this week at DNA Bargains

Here are the latest DNA-related news articles and blog posts for the past week. Stay on top of ALL the important DNA news here at DNA Bargains!

This Week’s DNA News You Should Know

  • A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: DNA, individuals, and species: “British geneticist Adam Rutherford is one of the country’s great science communicators, an alumnus of Nature whose work we’ve celebrated here for many years; with his second book, A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, Rutherford reveals how the century’s astounding advances in genetic science reveal just how little we understand about our genes — and how our ideas about race and heredity are antiquated superstitions that reflect our biases more than our DNA.” Click here to read more via Boing Boing
  • Ancestry Taps Into Cultural Moments and DNA of Canadians and Americans: “As Canadians celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, experts at AncestryDNA decided to determine what really makes a Canadian? Thanks to the country’s diverse population, every single ethnic group found its way into the colourful pie that is the average Canadian person.” Click here to read more via Brandchannel
  • DNA Travel, It’s a Trip: “That urge to explore, to go beyond what we know, is programmed into our DNA — a central part of the story of human history, where people journeyed first out of Africa, and then beyond, to populate the world. And now our DNA doesn’t just compel us to discover new frontiers, it gives us the map of where to go.” Click here to read more via 23andMe Blog
  • How African Americans Use DNA Testing to Connect With Their Past: “The history of genetics as a field is steeped in eugenics and scientific racism. And yet, Nelson says that for many African Americans, DNA testing held a special appeal because many of the traditional methods of genealogy had been complicated by the history of slavery. Records disappeared. Names changed. People were trafficked across state lines. Stories were verboten because they were too traumatic.” Click here to read more via The Atlantic
  • Using DNA in Your Genealogy: Tips from Blaine Bettinger: “DNA is a powerful tool to use in our genealogy research. It can also feel incredibly overwhelming. I sat down with Blaine Bettinger, the Genetic Genealogist, for his tips on how to get started, what to keep in mind, and how to work through all of those matches that we have.” Click here to read more via Amy Johnson Crow

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