23 October 2014

Who are the Welsh? Mass genetic testing to find out nation's ancestry

An interesting project is underway ...

CymruDNAWales will carry out an unprecedented mass survey of Wales’s ancestry to trace the origins of its people – back beyond written records to the end of the last ice age around 9,000BC when colossal glacial shifts gouged out our landscape and allowed the first immigrants to settle here.

You can learn more here.

Apparently a similar project was undertaken in 2012 in Scotland.

I am familiar with The Genographic Project ... “advanced DNA analysis and worked with indigenous communities to help answer fundamental questions about where humans originated and how we came to populate the Earth.”

I also remember reading, Faroe Islands Aim to Sequence Genes of Entire Country.  This project was undertaken with a health focus and the future use of genomic medicine.

It will be interesting to see where these projects go and what they learn.

Are there other mass survey DNA projects that have taken place or are occurring now to identify the deep ancestry of a particular locale or people?

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