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In Latino Genomes, a Rich Source of History

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Science  24 May 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6135, pp. 910-911
DOI: 10.1126/science.340.6135.910-b

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Carlos Bustamante wants to know how much of human history is etched in our genomes. A population geneticist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, he and his colleagues have closely examined the DNA of Latinos in South Florida and traced their African, European, and South American ancestries. The team uncovered a stunning record of exploration, conquest, and slavery over the past 5 centuries, they reported at the meeting. [Also see Pennisi]