Humans in History

Rediscovering the Remains of Jörg Jenatsch

Jörg Jenatsch was an important political leader during the Thirty Years War in Graubünden (Grisons), now in present-day Switzerland. In the past, the rural...

Discovering the Remains of James “Earthquake McGoon” McGovern

James McGovern was an American World War II fighter ace that died in a plane crash in Laos on May 6, 1954. At the...

Identifying a plane crash victim from an arm alone

On March 12th, 1948, a charter flight crashed in the Wrangell Mountains of Alaska. The plane carried six crew members and 24 seamen returning...

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...

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,...

Y-DNA STR testing: From Forensics, to Relationships, to Genealogy Testing

You’ve always been proud of your rather unusual last name, so one day when another man with the last name Quigley sits beside you...

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Genetic testing for diagnosing rare diseases: are we there yet?

With the advances made in next-generation sequencing technologies personalized medicine, caring for patients based on a genetic understanding of...
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From genealogy to behavior: Y-DNA insights into the social conduct of our ancestors

Study exploring the idea of biological fatherhood in historical Europe reveals that 1 to 2% of children in each...

A guide to genetic genealogy

With an estimate of 26 million people having taken a DNA ancestry test, genetic genealogy has really taken off...

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Are you Genetically Prone to Narcolepsy?

Remember that Friends episode, when Chandler fell asleep at...

Was the Skeleton of Luke the Evangelist Swapped?

Luke the Evangelist is the patron saint of artists,...
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