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A study of over 100 ancient Roman genomes reveals the empire's role as a genetic crossroads for people throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. An international team of scientists analyzed 127 genomes from 29 sites in and around Rome spanning 12,000 years. As reported in Science this week, they find two major prehistoric ancestry transitions: one occurring with the introduction of farming around 7,000 years ago and another prior to the Iron Age.

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