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Genetics Unzipped: Genetics of the Americas – from migration to the modern day

Posted by , on 24 February 2022

Photo of fossilized footprints
23,000 year old fossilised human footprints from White Sands National Park, Image courtesy of National Parks Service

If these dates are correct, it means people must have gotten into North America sometime before 25,000 years ago. And that opens up this whole new avenue of exploration and understanding in both the archaeological record and genetics.

It really makes for a whole new story.

Professor Jennifer Raff

In the latest episode of the Genetics Unzipped podcast, we’re looking at a genetic history of the Americas. We chat with Jennifer Raff about her new book, Origin: The Genetic History of the Americas, covering the controversies surrounding how humans first migrated to the continent. plus Krystal Tsosie tells us about some of the modern day issues about how Native American genomes are used in genetic research.

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