Category Archives: Ancestry

Is it your second cousin? Cotton swabs may tell you

DNA RelationshipsWith a new technique, a simple swab sample can accurately confirm relatedness between two individuals as distant as second cousins. With more DNA datasets at hand, the method could be utilized to identify disaster victims in mass floods and tornadoes that destroy entire communities.

Quest Diagnostics and AncestryDNA Collaborate to Expand Consumer DNA Testing

ancestry DNAMADISON, N.J., and LEHI, Utah, Aug. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services, and AncestryDNA, the leader in family history and consumer genomics, are teaming up to help meet the rapidly growing consumer demand for genetic tests that provide insights into genetic ethnicity, origins and other factors. The new collaboration will allow AncestryDNA to scale its testing services and pave the way for new wellness offerings.

Richard III’s missing teeth in skull may prove he DIDN’T kill Tower of London princes

lost BoysInnocent: New evidence blows a major hole in the story of Richard III and the princes in the Tower
It is one of the most dramatic and controversial tales in British history – how two young princes were murdered by their dastardly uncle so he could claim the throne for himself.

Blood of King Albert I identified after 80 years

Tree Leaves RelicThe death of King Albert I of Belgium in 1934 — officially a climbing accident — still fuels speculation. Forensic geneticist Maarten Larmuseau and his colleagues at KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium), have now compared DNA from blood found on the scene in 1934 to that of two distant relatives. Their analysis confirms that the blood really is that of Albert I. This conclusion is at odds with several conspiracy theories about the king’s death.

First farmers had diverse origins, DNA shows

Zagros MountainsResearchers compared the genomes of ancient Neolithic skeletons from across the Middle East, where farming began.
The results shed light on a debate over whether farming spread out from a single source in the region, or whether multiple farmer groups spread their technology across Eurasia.

Russian scientists dissect ancient organs from 800-year-old mummy

SalekhardThe child, aged around six or seven, was found close to the town of Salekhard. Researchers took samples of tissue and probed the boy’s internal organs.
It is hoped these will reveal how people lived at the time, possibly their diet. Experts have started establishing the boy’s DNA and hunting for descendants

Today’s technology to uncover yesterday’s secrets at an early settler’s burial ground at Milton

Milton Burial GroundThe group, the Tokomairiro Project 60 research team, is undergoing a public submission process to enable the digging-up of 20-30 skeletons from St John’s Burial Ground, amid farmland on Milton’s Back Rd.

DNA evidence proves accountant is true heir to Scottish baronetcy

navy DNAAn accountant from the home counties has won the right to inherit a Scottish baronetcy in a pioneering case where DNA testing proved aristocratic entitlement. The judicial committee of the privy council (JCPC) ruled on Monday that Murray Pringle, 74, who lives in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, should become the next baronet of Stichill.

New DNA study confirms ancient Aborigines were the First Australians

mungo_man_crop_1920The question of whether Aboriginal People were the First Australians may be unanimously accepted today but research published back in 2001 suggested the contrary.
A
new study out this week shows how we re-examined the research and our results put an end to that controversy.

DNA database: Scientists want a piece of you to help solve a mystery or two

Centre for Ancient DNAAustralians have been called upon to donate their DNA and help establish the country’s first historical DNA database, providing researchers with a crucial tool for solving wartime mysteries – some which date back 100 years.
To be managed by the Centre for Ancient DNA at Adelaide University, the database will provide scientists and historians with a snapshot of the genetic makeup of the Australian population in the early 1900s. Currently, nothing like it exists.

Tales of African-American History Found in DNA

African American MigrationIn a study published on Friday, a team of geneticists sought evidence for this history in the DNA of living African-Americans. The findings, published in PLOS Genetics, provide a map of African-American genetic diversity, shedding light on both their history and their health.

Archaeologists test DNA from bones of ancient marquis

DNA imageArchaeologists are using bones unearthed from the 2,000-year-old tomb of Haihunhou, the Marquis of Haihun, to conduct DNA analysis.
The burial site in Nanchang in east China’s Jiangxi Province is the best preserved tomb from the Western Han Period (206 BC-24 AD) ever found in China.

The unsolved enigma of early human migration

Antique world mapIt can be hard enough to remember who your second cousin once removed is. So it’s not surprising that tracing back the family tree to work out what the earliest humans were up to hundreds of thousands of years ago is quite a challenge.
“Everyone’s looking for the earliest evidence for modern humans everywhere,” says Professor Sue O’Connor, an archaeologist at ANU. “There is quite a lot of research effort focused on this.”

Humans are still evolving: Huge DNA study tracks how the British have changed since the Romans were in charge

DNA RomeWhile we may not be sprouting wings, gills or an extra pair of legs any time soon, a new study has shown that human evolution is continuing to grind away.
New genetic analysis has revealed the traces of human evolution in action, showing how the British population has subtly changed since Roman rule, 2,000 years ago.

The Efforts to Identify the Lost Souls of America’s Potter’s Fields

Potters Field 1From New York’s Hart Island to Dunn County, Wisconsin, experts and volunteers alike work to provide closure to the families of those interred in unmarked graves.