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7 October 2014

Who Are the Welsh? Mass Genetic Testing To Find Out Nation's Ancestry

CymruDNAWales will carry out an unprecedented mass survey of Wales’s ancestry to trace the origins of its people – back beyond written records to the end of the last ice age around 9,000BC when colossal glacial shifts gouged out our landscape and allowed the first immigrants to settle here.

By using some of the most advanced genetic testing to date, scientists are able to track the roots of those people who would come to be known as Welsh, revealing a hidden history of Wales.

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6 October 2014

South Korea Builds DNA Database To Find Relatives in North After Unification

Hong Nam-soon cries each time she watches broadcasts of North and South Korean relatives, inevitably filled with weeping and lingering hugs, reuniting decades after they were separated by war.

"When will I get my turn?" the 84-year-old woman asked recently from her comfortable Seoul high-rise apartment that is decorated with photos of her five sons and a plethora of grandchildren. But almost 65 years after her younger sister disappeared in the early days of the Korean War, Hong has new hope — however dim — that she will find her.

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18 September 2014

Link Found in Genetic Connection Between Modern Europeans and Native Americans

It has long been believed that modern Europeans descended from indigenous hunters and Middle Eastern farmers. But a new study suggests all Europeans today have DNA from a third mystery group: Ancient North Eurasians.

This group appears to have contributed DNA to present-day Europeans, as well as to the people who travelled across the Bering Strait into the Americas more than 15,000 years ago.

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29 August 2014

Ancient DNA Sheds New Light on Arctic's Earliest People

The earliest people in the North American Arctic remained isolated from others in the region for millennia before vanishing around 700 years ago, a new genetic analysis shows. The study, published online Thursday, also reveals that today's Inuit and Native Americans of the Arctic are genetically distinct from the region's first settlers.

Inuit hunters in the Canadian Arctic have long told stories about a mysterious ancient people known as the Tunit, who once inhabited the far north.

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25 August 2014

Is Genetic Genealogy, the Next Facebook of Science?

Last Saturday morning at the first International Conference for Genetic Genealogy in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Genographic Project Director and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Spencer Wells delivered the Keynote to an audience of 300 genetic genealogists.

He spoke about the popularity of the field and how fast consumer genetics has grown since the launch of The Genographic Project in 2005. “In 2013 the one-millionth person tested their DNA,” explained Wells, “just twelve years since the first human genome was sequenced. But this summer the two-millionth person has already tested their DNA.”

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4 July 2014

DNA Testing Eyed for Graves Exhumed from Historic Waco Cemetery

The committee tasked with planning the reburial of some 300 human remains unearthed from the old First Street Cemetery are hoping to enlist DNA technology in a quest to identify them.

The First Street Cemetery Memorial Advisory Committee has asked Baylor University forensic anthropologist Lori Baker to extract bone samples from each set of remains before the reburial, which is expected in 2015.

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17 June 2014

DNA Testing Finally Identifies Soldier Killed in Korean War

A Kentucky family is preparing to bury a Korean War veteran's remains, which were recently identified through DNA testing after decades of uncertainty.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the remains of Sgt. Paul M. Gordon will return to the U.S. on Tuesday and will be interred Friday at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown. Gordon joined the Army in 1949 and was sent to the Korean conflict, where he died in a prisoner of war camp in 1951 at the age of 20.

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13 June 2014

Genes Found in Nature Yield 1918-Like Virus with Pandemic Potential

An international team of researchers has shown that circulating avian influenza viruses contain all the genetic ingredients necessary to underpin the emergence of a virus similar to the deadly 1918 influenza virus.

Searching public databases, the researchers, led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, identified eight genes from influenza viruses isolated from wild ducks that possessed remarkable genetic similarities to the genes that made up the 1918 pandemic flu virus.

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Family Tree DNA Reaches a Historic Milestone: Over 1,000,000 DNA Tests Processed

This historic amount includes Family Tree DNA’s tests as well the processing of public participation samples for National Geographic’s Genographic Project. Family Tree DNA is the Genographic Project’s genetic testing partner.

The million-test milestone was reached this week during the company’s Father’s Day sale, which includes the Family Finder test currently discounted at the affordable price of $79.

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3 June 2014

Genetic Genealogy: Looking For the Faces of Our Ancestors in DNA

Today we can all look online to find out who our ancestors were, and soon geneticists hope that DNA can show us their faces as well.

Mark Shriver, Professor of Anthropology and Genetics at Pennsylvania State University, and Peter Claes from the University of Leuwen in Belgium, have been working for four years on the genetics of facial features, meaning the relation between genetic sequences, facial traits and skin tones.

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2 May 2014

Groundbreaking Geographic Population Structure (GPS) Tool Finds your Ancestors, Genealogy, Family Tree and History

The University of Sheffield in the UK, on May 1, 2014 announced a revolutionary new Geographic Population Structure (GPS) tool, created by Dr Eran Elhaik from the University of Sheffield's Department of Animal and Plant Sciences and Dr Tatiana Tatarinova from the University of Southern California, which can locate your actual ancestor's home from 1,000 years ago.

Though previous research could locate your DNA to within 700km, this new “satellite-like” navigation system can pinpoint your origins worldwide, down to the exact village and island of your ancestors.

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31 March 2014

London Skeletons Reveal Secrets of the Black Death

Analysis of twenty-five skeletons uncovered in London’s Charterhouse Square during Crossrail’s construction works in March 2013 have provided evidence of the location of the second Black Death burial ground. It was established in 1348 to take the growing number of dead and is referenced in historical records as being located in what is now modern day Farringdon.

Due to the burial ground’s historical importance to London, exceptional levels of research analysis were carried out on the skeletons to understand the life and death of the inhabitants affected by the Black Death in the 14th and 15th centuries.

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27 March 2014

DNA Traces Relatives of Cpl Francis Carr Dyson Back to David Dyson of Minster of Sheppey

A 100-year-old First World War mystery has been solved with the help of a Minster man’s DNA. David Dyson was notified last week that his second cousin, Cpl Francis Carr Dyson, is one of 15 soldiers whose remains were discovered during construction work near the French village of Beaucamps-Ligny five years ago.

DNA samples provided by surviving relatives led to 10 of them being formally identified at a meeting at Endcliffe Hall in Sheffield.

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25 February 2014

Canada: DNA Test Identifies Missing Saskatchewan Soldier in German Grave

The mystery of a Saskatchewan-born Second World War soldier who was mistakenly buried with Nazi soldiers appears to have been solved. DNA testing of the remains indicate they are indeed those of Lawrence S. Gordon of Eastend, a private first class in the U.S. Army who was missing and presumed dead following a battle in France in 1944.

His body was never found. Family members aided by historians and well-wishers tracked down his suspected remains to a cemetery in Normandy, France that's administered by the German government.

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20 February 2014

DNA Kits Find Folks Have Neanderthals in the Family Tree

Scanning a printout of her ancestry results from a DNA testing company, Peggy Spatz announced that 2.7 percent of her genetic blueprint was handed down from her Neanderthal relatives some 50,000 years ago. That’s right: She’s part Neanderthal, and scientists say so is everyone else whose ancestors originated in Europe and East Asia.

Her husband, George, carries a slightly higher percentage of DNA from the Neanderthals, according to the results of his own DNA test.

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