A Genetic Portrait : What's in America's DNA?

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A Genetic Portrait : What's in America's DNA?

Surprising facts and challenging insights are being revealed regularly now that geneticists are applying DNA testing to ideas about history and human migration. What one world-famous geneticist is finding out about America's shared past...

Americans like to think of their country as a cultural melting pot. But that diversity can make it difficult for those trying to trace their ancestry. DNA testing is teaching us more about our nation's earliest settlers and providing interesting, often surprising, insights into our shared past. Geneticist Bryan Sykes joins Kojo to explore what he uncovered on a trip across the United States.

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Bryan Sykes

professor of human genetics, University of Oxford; founder, Oxford Ancestors, author, "DNA USA: A Genetic Portrait of America" (Liveright, 2012)

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