Looking for Origins

The Genetic Genealogist, Blaine Bettinger, was on hand to hear Spencer Wells, the director of the Genographic Project, speak. In his blog post on the event, Bettigner recounts that the project is nearly halfway completed and has collected 41,000 samples from indigenous populations and 270,000 kits have been bought by the public.

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The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

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