Analyzing Genetic Samples

Tracing Your Ancestry: Computer Program Accurately Analyzes Anonymous DNA Samples

Science Daily – A group of computer scientists, mathematicians, and biologists from around the world have developed a computer algorithm that can help trace the genetic ancestry of thousands of individuals in minutes, without any prior knowledge of their background.

Unlike previous computer programs of its kind that require prior knowledge of an individual’s ancestry and background, this new algorithm looks for specific DNA markers known as single nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs (pronounced snips), and needs nothing more than a DNA sample in the form of a simple cheek swab.

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Photo: Anne Rayner

Photo: Anne Rayner

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