Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Chicago schools participate in Genographic Project

An article at WQAD.com, Chicago 10th-graders trace ancestry through DNA, reports one-thousand students from five Chicago high schools and their sister-city schools abroad will contribute DNA samples to the nonprofit Genographic Project. Chicago is the first school district to participate in the project. Contributions are voluntary, kids need parental consent and results are anonymous. The Genographic Project, is a five-year study that seeks to map humanity’s ancient migrations. The project has run aground in Alaska and elsewhere among native tribes fearing the analysis could confuse long-held spiritual beliefs and possibly jeopardize existing benefits for some natives, as reported in a New York Times, Dec. 10 article.

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