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Genome Scan Shows Polynesians Have Little Genetic Relationship to Melanesians


January 17, 2008

people and society graphic The origins and current genetic relationships of Pacific Islanders have generated interest and controversy for many decades. Now, a new comprehensive genetic study of almost 1,000 individuals has revealed that Polynesians and Micronesians have almost no genetic relation to Melanesians, and that groups that live in the islands of Melanesia are remarkably diverse. Full Story

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