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After getting conflicting reports of his heritage from two commercial genetic genealogy companies, Henry Louis Gates, an African-American studies professor at Harvard, is starting his own company, reports the Wall Street Journal. Genetic analysis often gives multiple matches and Gates's African DNA service plans to have historians and anthropologists on hand to sort out which possible match is more likely from a historical point of view.

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