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What’s Next for Ancient DNA Studies After the Nobel?
The award highlights tremendous opportunities for aDNA as well as challenges related to rapid growth, equity, and misinformation.
What’s Next for Ancient DNA Studies After the Nobel?
What’s Next for Ancient DNA Studies After the Nobel?

The award highlights tremendous opportunities for aDNA as well as challenges related to rapid growth, equity, and misinformation.

The award highlights tremendous opportunities for aDNA as well as challenges related to rapid growth, equity, and misinformation.

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Genetic Risks for Depression Differ Between Ancestral Groups
Chloe Tenn | Oct 19, 2021 | 4 min read
A large genome-wide association study in East Asians uncovers novel genetic links to depression, calling attention to the consequences of underrepresentation of non-European groups in genetic research data.
Bryan Sykes, Ancestral Genetics Expert, Dies at 73
Lisa Winter | Jan 12, 2021 | 3 min read
Sykes sequenced famous ancient remains, such as Ötzi and Cheddar Man, and was one of the first researchers to use mitochondrial DNA to trace genetic lineages.
Dog Ancestry Provides Clues to Ancient Human Activities
Dog Ancestry Provides Clues to Ancient Human Activities
Niki Spahich, PhD | 3 min read
Researchers combined evidence found in dog genomes with physical materials recovered from archeological sites to discover factors behind major societal changes.
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Q&A: A New Tool for Ensuring Genetic Privacy
Amanda Heidt | Nov 12, 2020 | 6 min read
Gamze Gursoy and Mark Gerstein of Yale Medical School have developed a strategy for stripping identifying variants from functional genomic data, balancing privacy with utility.
Study Tracks Geographical Gene Flow and Ancestry in the US
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2020 | 4 min read
The analysis adds new details to the picture of migration and mixing in a diverse country.
Ancient DNA Traces History of South Asians
Catherine Offord | Sep 6, 2019 | 2 min read
Modern-day populations in India descend from a mixture of peoples living thousands of years ago in South and Central Asia, including the Bronze-Age Indus Valley Civilization, two studies reveal.
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Image of the Day: Skeleton Lake
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 23, 2019 | 1 min read
Human remains around Roopkund Lake in India bear South Asian, East Asian, and Mediterranean ancestry.
DNA from 200-Year-Old Pipe Connects Enslaved Woman to West Africa
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 18, 2019 | 2 min read
Genetic material from old artifacts can link people to their ancestral communities and potentially help descendants find their roots.
Neanderthal Ancestry in Europeans Unchanged for Last 45,000 Years
Diana Kwon | Jan 23, 2019 | 4 min read
The findings of a new study contradict previous results from some of the same scientists that suggested Neanderthal DNA was gradually removed from modern human genomes.
DNA Could Help Bring Home Remains of Ancient Aboriginal People
Carolyn Wilke | Dec 20, 2018 | 2 min read
Genetic material from bones could be used to locate living descendants for the remains’ repatriation, researchers showed.
Opinion: The Central Dogma of Mitochondrial Genetics Needs Rewriting
John D. Loike | Dec 12, 2018 | 3 min read
The recent discovery of 17 people who have inherited maternal and paternal lines of mitochondrial DNA has major ramifications for medical and ancestry research.
Ancient DNA Maps Early American Migrations in New Detail
Ashley Yeager | Nov 8, 2018 | 2 min read
Genetic information from dozens of individuals living 700 to 10,000 years ago reveals connections between Clovis and Native Americans and South Americans.
Startups Plan the Health Data Gold Rush
Shawna Williams | Oct 1, 2018 | 8 min read
Companies are building platforms based on blockchain technology to let individuals control and directly profit from their genomic and medical information.
Genome Collector: A Profile of Charles Rotimi
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 1, 2018 | 9 min read
The NIH epidemiologist has worked to ensure genetic health and population genetics studies contain data from African—not just European—populations.
MyHeritage Account Data Compromised in “Cybersecurity Incident”
Catherine Offord | Jun 6, 2018 | 2 min read
A security researcher found the email addresses and encrypted passwords of more than 92 million users of the genealogy site on a private server outside the company.
Companies to Help People Sell or Rent Out Their Health Data
Catherine Offord | Jun 5, 2018 | 2 min read
Luna DNA, Nebula Genomics, and other “bio-brokers” will allow customers to make money by granting access to their genetic and personal information for research purposes.
DNA Analysis Paints New Picture of 10,000-Year-Old Briton
Shawna Williams | Feb 7, 2018 | 2 min read
“Cheddar Man” had dark hair and blue eyes, a sequencing analysis suggests.
The Rising Research Profile of 23andMe
Catherine Offord | Nov 30, 2017 | 7 min read
An exploration of the genetics of earlobe attachment is just the latest collaborative research project to come out of the personal genetic testing company.
Dogs Have a Single Genetic Origin: Study
Diana Kwon | Jul 18, 2017 | 2 min read
A new genetic analysis contradicts a 2016 study proposing that our canine companions were domesticated from two distinct populations.
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