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[LISTEN] Masterclass on DNA ancestry-testing

16 January 2019 4:16 PM
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Azania Mosaka spoke to Executive Officer at the Academy of Science of South Africa Prof Himla Soodyall.

Are you interested in finding out more about your biological heritage?

Would you undergo a DNA test to learn exactly where you're from?

Executive Officer at the Academy of Science of South Africa Prof Himla Soodyall, has lead research into the people of sub-Saharan Africa using DNA testing.

Her studies have identified some of the oldest DNA found in people today.

Soodyall explains how all humans are 99% alike.

Irrespective of how we look, genetically, if we were to mix the DNA of any two individuals, more than 99% of that DNA would be identical.

Prof Himla Soodyall, Academy of Science of South Africa

Basically, less than one percent of that difference accounts for all the variation we see in terms of morphology - whether we are short, tall, have blue eyes or black eyes, etc. This is the power that DNA has. We are all part of the same tree of life.

Prof Himla Soodyall, Academy of Science of South Africa

Click on the link below to hear more from Soodyall....


16 January 2019 4:16 PM
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