About 3,000 years ago, the story goes, the Queen of Sheba left Ethiopia to meet with King Solomon in Israel, and they had a child. Now, says New Scientist's Hannah Krakauer, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute's Luca Pagani may be able to show that the meeting may not have taken place entirely in the imaginations of story-tellers.

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