About 200 students from the City College of New York and seven other area institutions are taking part in the New York City Student Ancestry Project. The new effort, led by CCNY assistant biology professor Michael Hickerson, aims to show students how to analyze genomic data to reconstruct their ancient family histories as well as to "provide a model for public understanding of complex population genetic inference."

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