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A world in a grain of sand: human history from genetic data

Vincenza Colonna12, Luca Pagani13, Yali Xue1 and Chris Tyler-Smith1*

Author affiliations

1 The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridgeshire CB10 1SA, UK

2 Institute of Genetics and Biophysics 'A. Buzzati-Traverso', National Research Council (CNR), Naples, Italy

3 The Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Street, Cambridge CB2 1QH, UK

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Genome Biology 2011, 12:234  doi:10.1186/gb-2011-12-11-234

Published: 21 November 2011

Abstract

Genome-wide genotypes and sequences are enriching our understanding of the past 50,000 years of human history and providing insights into earlier periods largely inaccessible to mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosomal studies.

To see a world in a grain of sand ...

William Blake, Auguries of Innocence