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NEW YORK – A new genetic study is providing novel insights into the transatlantic slave trade in the Americas and a better understanding of the African ancestry of several American populations.

An estimated 12.5 million people from Africa, including children, women, and men, were forcibly enslaved and deported to the New World between the 16th and 19th century. Previous genetic studies have shown that most African Americans in the United States have more ancestry from populations near present-day Nigeria than from other populations in Atlantic Africa.

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