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Explosive Genetic Discoveries

Post by Milo » Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:14 am

Prof David Reich of Harvard Medical School is one of the leading lights in the field of ancient DNA. His team's work has cast a new perspective on human history, reconstructing the epic migrations and genetic exchanges that shaped the people of different regions worldwide. Here he explains how this revolution in our understanding unfolded.

Reich took a radical decision to completely re-tool his laboratory at Harvard - which had been focused on medical genetics - along the lines of Pääbo's lab in Leipzig.

The bet paid off in a major way. Reich used his next-generation sequencing tech to power through genome after genome. To date, the lab has retrieved DNA from more than 900 ancient individuals.
The results are helping assemble new narratives for the peopling of our world. In some cases, the results have forced archaeologists and historians to re-visit some long-held ideas, sparking no small amount of debate and controversy.
Reich's team has helped unravel the tangled web of migration and interbreeding that set down the present-day genetic landscape of Europe. Archaeologists had long suspected that the spread of farming out of the Near East and across Europe was a formative event in the continent's prehistory.

How ancient DNA is transforming our view of the past http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43701630

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Re: Explosive Genetic Discoveries

Post by Jim the Moron » Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:53 am

Milo wrote:
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:14 am
Prof David Reich of Harvard Medical School is one of the leading lights in the field of ancient DNA. His team's work has cast a new perspective on human history, reconstructing the epic migrations and genetic exchanges that shaped the people of different regions worldwide. Here he explains how this revolution in our understanding unfolded.

Reich took a radical decision to completely re-tool his laboratory at Harvard - which had been focused on medical genetics - along the lines of Pääbo's lab in Leipzig.

The bet paid off in a major way. Reich used his next-generation sequencing tech to power through genome after genome. To date, the lab has retrieved DNA from more than 900 ancient individuals.
The results are helping assemble new narratives for the peopling of our world. In some cases, the results have forced archaeologists and historians to re-visit some long-held ideas, sparking no small amount of debate and controversy.
Reich's team has helped unravel the tangled web of migration and interbreeding that set down the present-day genetic landscape of Europe. Archaeologists had long suspected that the spread of farming out of the Near East and across Europe was a formative event in the continent's prehistory.

How ancient DNA is transforming our view of the past http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43701630
Really neat stuff. Please check out the "Beaker people" (2 links to the same article) and the BuzzFeed link (especially if you like controversy).

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Re: Explosive Genetic Discoveries

Post by Doc » Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:13 pm

Milo wrote:
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:14 am
Prof David Reich of Harvard Medical School is one of the leading lights in the field of ancient DNA. His team's work has cast a new perspective on human history, reconstructing the epic migrations and genetic exchanges that shaped the people of different regions worldwide. Here he explains how this revolution in our understanding unfolded.

Reich took a radical decision to completely re-tool his laboratory at Harvard - which had been focused on medical genetics - along the lines of Pääbo's lab in Leipzig.

The bet paid off in a major way. Reich used his next-generation sequencing tech to power through genome after genome. To date, the lab has retrieved DNA from more than 900 ancient individuals.
The results are helping assemble new narratives for the peopling of our world. In some cases, the results have forced archaeologists and historians to re-visit some long-held ideas, sparking no small amount of debate and controversy.
Reich's team has helped unravel the tangled web of migration and interbreeding that set down the present-day genetic landscape of Europe. Archaeologists had long suspected that the spread of farming out of the Near East and across Europe was a formative event in the continent's prehistory.

How ancient DNA is transforming our view of the past http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43701630
"Theories of large-scale migrations had fallen out of favour over the years among some scholars, particularly those for whom the phrase "pots, not people" (that culture tends to spread via the exchange of ideas rather than large-scale movement) had become a mantra."

Seems like they didn't have to go to all the trouble They could have just read the newspaper in Europe today
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Re: Explosive Genetic Discoveries

Post by lzzrdgrrl » Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:14 pm

I have a certain notoriety among the lesser gods........

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Post by Mr. Perfect » Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:26 pm

Milo wrote:
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:14 am
The results are helping assemble new narratives for the peopling of our world. In some cases, the results have forced archaeologists and historians to re-visit some long-held ideas, sparking no small amount of debate and controversy.
No doubt.

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