NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Living DNA, a Somerset, UK-based consumer genomics company, said this week that it has partnered with a team of academics to create a detailed genetic map of the world based on people's DNA.

The effort, called One World Family Tree, relies on Living DNA's ancestry testing platform, and involves representatives from numerous institutions.

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