Tracing the Ancestry of the Chinese Emperor Cao Cao

Emperor Cao Cao was a cruel and merciless Chinese warlord, but also a brilliant ruler and military genius. He rose to power in the final years of the Eastern Han Dynasty and was posthumously...

Searching for ‘Genetic Eve’ – Mitochondrial DNA and Ancient Maternal Ancestry

Do you look like your mother or your father? Perhaps, you look like both of them or maybe you don’t look like your parents at all. Regardless of appearances, all children are a genetic...

Compare Your DNA to Ötzi the Iceman – a 5000 year old mummy

In 1991, the remains of a human mummy were discovered in a glacier near the Austro-Italian border. The spontaneous freeze-drying process had kept the body, clothing and equipment in an incredible state of preservation,...

Attaining Closure

DNA tests to confirm the identity of US soldiers, who were casualties of the Korean War. Fifty-five boxes with remains of US soldiers from the Korean War travelled from Pyongyang to Hawaii last month. They...

Y-Chromosome ‘Adam’ and Me – Using Y-DNA to Trace Ancient Paternal Roots

Differences in the outward physical features of people from around the world make us appear very uniquely distinct from each other. However, our DNA, the hereditary material that carries information on how to build...

Determining the DNA Profile of the Great Napoleon

Napoleon I (Napoleon Bonaparte) was the first Emperor of the French, rising to power on May 18, 1804. He was one of the greatest commanders in history and dominated European and global affairs during...

Investigating the Famous Tomb of the Shroud

The Tomb of the Shroud is a first century tomb at the foot of Mount Zion in Akeldama, Jerusalem. This tomb is one of more than 70 tombs in an area known as the...
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Re-convergence: The Ancient DNA Story of People of America

The first people to arrival in the Americas split into two groups, and then mingle again 1000 years later. Until recently research suggested the first people in the Americas split into two branches: Northern and...

The Spread of DNA From “Niall of the Nine Hostages”

Niall Noigiallach aka "Niall of the Nine Hostages" was one of the greatest Irish kings. He ruled Ireland in the fifth century and was said to have consolidated his power by leading raids on...

Analyzing the DNA to the Last Viking King

Sven Estridsen was the last Viking King of the Scandinavian Viking Era, which lasted from the 8th century to the 11th century. According to historical documents, Sven Estridsen and his mother, Estrid, were entombed...

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