Ancient DNA reveals Europe's genetic diversity

Washington, Oct 11 : A new research, that used DNA to map the history of human migration, has showed a pattern of genetic replacement taking place across several millennia in a region of central Europe.

The study led by the National Geographic Society's Genographic Project, the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) and researchers from the University of Mainz in Germany and the State Heritage Museum in Halle, Germany, revealed the complex dynamics that went into producing the present-day genetic patterns in Europe.

It also showed that the region that is now Germany saw at least four stages of significant migration and settlement, highlighted by marked shifts in the genetic composition of the populations in the region.

This new study showed that for Germany over a four-millennia-long time span from 5500 BC to 1500 BC, it was people who were on the move, carrying their genes with them.

Joint lead author and Genographic Project scientist Dr. Wolfgang Haak of ACAD said that this is the largest and most detailed genetic time series of Europe yet created, allowing the researchers to establish a complete genetic chronology.

The study is published in the journal Science.

--ANI (Posted on 12-10-2013)

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