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Ancestry and DNA

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Stephanie Wilson

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I'm back after work on the play Henry V. How ironic that I should resume with the topic of DNA on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. DNA helped to identify those lost...

Genealogy is a very popular "hobby" of this millennium.  Folks from all walks are researching their family lineage.  It definitely invokes a sense of pride and belonging to see a family member's name appear on documents centuries old.  And now there is DNA.  Mainly used in medical research and crime investigations it is now available to those who want to dig deeper into their ancestry... Those who can afford it, that is. 

There are many who descended from dispersed people or were adopted or abandoned by one or both parents.  It is impossible in most cases for them to know their true ancestry without the help of DNA testing.  I'd like to discuss how this new technology may change the "color" of  how a people who have been perceived as just a "color",  and the possible ramifications of  finally "knowing"... Look for special guests to co host.

I have a petition requesting that DNA testing for ancestry be made free to dispersed peoples and to those adopted or abandoned. It is a Human Right to know your ancestry. Please sign.

http://www.change.org/petitions/united-states-congress-make-dna-ancestry-tests-free

DNA Tests 

http://www.africanancestry.com/africachannel/

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