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Topic: Ancestors and descendants
Ancestors and descendants
Genealogy (family history) is a hot topic. Associating ourselves with our family’s origins can help us to establish our identity in an increasingly fragmented world. Genetics and DNA testing are also attracting a lot of attention. Can we find our identity in our genetic origins? Family history and the science of genetics may appear poles apart, yet they have much in common and interact in several positive ways.
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Topic section: Tracing your ancestors could save your life
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Some medical conditions are caused by changes in our genetic material. They can be passed from one generation to the next. Genealogy allows researchers to trace back some of these conditions to their human origins.  > more

Topic section: One big family
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Scientists have attempted to reconstruct the movement of different groups and the development of modern cultures. It appears we are all descended from a small group of early people, the mothers and fathers of all living human beings.  > more

Topic section: To find an ancestor, get a DNA test
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Using genealogy, we can sometimes track our ancestors over a couple of centuries. Genetics can do much more: it can link people who died thousands of years ago to their modern-day descendants.  > more

Topic section: DNA and ethnic identity
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When we combine genetics with archaeology, linguistics and history, we can go even further back, to the very origins of human civilisation.  > more
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