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Penn Geneticist Publishes Largest-ever Study on African Genetics Revealing Origins, Migration

April 30, 2009

African genetics Researchers working in a 10-year collaboration have released the largest-ever study of African genetic data--more than 4 million genotypes--providing a library of new information on the continent which is thought to be the source of the oldest settlements of modern humans. The study demonstrates startling diversity on the continent, shared ancestry among geographically diverse groups and traces the origins of Africans and African-Americans. Full Story

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