Link to Stanford News Center Press Release: “Centuries old DNA helps identify specific origins of slave skeletons found in Caribbean”

Maria Avila-Arcos, postdoctoral CEHG scholar and Bustamante Lab member

Maria Avila-Arcos, postdoctoral CEHG scholar and Bustamante Lab member

Greetings CEHG community!

Click on the link below to read more about this fascinating collaboration between CEHG postdoctoral member Maria Avila-Arcos, CEHG faculty member Dr. Carlos Bustamante, Hannes Schroeder and Thomas Gilbert (both from the University of Copenhagen), and Bustamante lab members David Poznik and Martin Sikora.

As Krista Conger, science writer for Stanford Medical School’s Office of Communication & Public Affairs, writes about this groundbreaking study, “The research marks the first time that scientists have been able to use such old, poorly preserved DNA to identify with high specificity the ethnic origins of long-dead individuals. The finding paves the way for a greater understanding of the patterns of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and may transform the general practice of genealogical and historical research.”

The paper was released online March 9th in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Please let me know if you would be interested in writing a blog post in response.


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