DailyDirt: What Are We Going To Do With All This Genetic Information?

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Genomic sequencing is becoming more readily available and cheaper by the minute. It’s not quite as easy as it looks on TV (ie. we don’t have a Star Trek tricorder just yet), but minuscule amounts of DNA are revealing a vast amount of information about our health and our ancestors. This treasure trove of data is literally lying around everywhere just waiting to be collected.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Er, typo?

“our most recent common ancestor (MRCA) likely lived just 2,000-4,000 years ago.”

Considering Jewish people can all trace their ancestry back at least 2500 years, I’m guessing that an MRCA is probably further out than that, no matter how many children Ghengis Khan had. Even 4,000 years is pushing it, but is somewhat more believable.

I can see some problems if our Eve was 200,000 years ago and our Adam was off by even 100 years as well… unless people used to live significantly longer lifespans.

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