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Ancient African DNA reveals insights before slavery, colonialism

[B]ones between 5,000 and 15,000 years old — surrounding the start of the Holocene, our current geologic epoch — can reveal much about the genetic history of Africa. That’s because they predate major events that upended African populations and territories. These include the slave trade and colonialism.

DNA from Holocene remains would allow researchers to peer beyond this noise, to glimpse the genetic map of Africa prior to agriculture and historical migrations. And now, it’s technologically possible.

Discover talked to [Elizabeth] Sawchuk, a post-doctoral researcher at Stony Brook University, about the potential risks and rewards of African aDNA.

Why is African aDNA important?

It’s where our species evolved, where we’ve been the longest. And as a consequence, Africa has…

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UAB – News – African Ancestry co-founder to help UAB students trace their DNA roots

This unique talk will cover the impact on the black community of DNA ancestry research, the trans-Atlantic slave trade and family tree exploration.

African Ancestry co-founder Gina Paige will speak at the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Monday, Feb. 18.

This unique talk was organized especially for the black community and will cover the impact that DNA ancestry research, the trans-Atlantic slave trade and family tree exploration have on shaping the identities of UAB students. As a special part of the program, Paige will also feature a live reveal of one UAB student’s DNA results.

“Finding Your Wakanda: Family Trees, Tribes and Genetics” is presented by UAB’s Black Student Awareness Committee, the College of Arts and Sciences’ African American Studies, Student…

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A DNA test restored my lost African ancestry. Or so I thought

They were brought to America from Africa in chains; disposable commodities, enslaved then bought and sold like property. Their names were erased, …
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UC Irvine linguist uses language and DNA to trace Latin America’s African roots

Though he wasn’t the first researcher to contact the Palenquero people, he was the first to spend periods up to several months living in the area and becoming fluent in their language. He returned several times and spent summers living in the 4,000-person village, including with his wife and young daughter.

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Warren tackles race following criticism of DNA test release

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren sought to solidify her connection with African-American voters Friday as she prepares to launch a potential …
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tells Lindsey Graham to Visit African-American History Museum After DNA Preferences Joke

Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continued a spat with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham this week by telling him to visit the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to get educated about DNA preferences.

The Twitter dispute began on Sunday after reports emerged that American officials used tear gas in an attempt to stop hundreds of migrants in a caravan from Central America from crossing the border between the United States and Mexico near Tijuana.

“Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “It wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany. It wasn’t for targeted families fleeing Rwanda. It wasn’t for communities fleeing war-torn Syria. And it isn’t for those fleeing…

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