DNA tests, online networks open paths in family research

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05/04/2008 07:42 PM Los Angeles Times: DNA tests, online networks open paths in family research Page 1 of 2 http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-na-ancestors4-2008may04,0,7289679,print.story http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-na-ancestors4-2008may04,0,4634910.story From the Los Angeles Times DNA tests, online networks open paths in family research The methods, when paired, expedite links to relatives past and present. By Chris Emery Baltimore Sun May 4, 2008 BALTIMORE — When the paper trail that Raymond A. Winbush followed in search of his African roots ended at a slaveholding Kentucky plantation, he turned to a combination of modern technologies: genetic testing and online social networking. It worked. A DNA test traced his ancestry to tribes in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, and an online forum set up by the company that scanned his DNA put him in touch with other African Americans who share similar genetic markers. "It's like an electronic family reunion," said Winbush, director of the Institute for Urban Affairs at Baltimore's Morgan State University. The online networking that he used marks a new and potentially lucrative frontier for genetic testing companies, which have witnessed the success of sites such as Facebook and MySpace. Although they don't have much in common at first blush, genetic tests and online social networks aim to connect people. Social networks use the
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This note was uploaded on 07/08/2009 for the course LIFESCI ls 4 taught by Professor Merriam during the Winter '08 term at UCLA.

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