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New Research Reveals the Transatlantic Slave Trade’s Genetic Legacy

Posted by Jean-Yves on Jul 29, 2020

Scientists investigated whether genetic data collected from 50,000 volunteers lined up with historical shipping manifests.

A sweeping survey of more than 50,000 people’s DNA uses the enduring genetic legacy of the transatlantic slave trade to illuminate its atrocities. The study, published last week in the American Journal of Human Genetics, layers genetic data with historical records detailing enslaved Africans’ place of abduction and eventual destination in the Americas.

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