Genetic variation in North America

Published on April 21, 2015   31 min

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Hello, my name is Ripan Malhi, and I am an associate professor in Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In this lecture, I will provide you with scientific results and findings about genetic variation of indigenous peoples of North America. Specifically, I will focus on genetic variation in modern people through the analysis of DNA from fresh tissue, like blood or saliva, and also genetic variation in ancient peoples through the analysis of ancient DNA, or degraded DNA, from ancient tissue such as skeletal remains.
Here is an outline for the lecture to help orient you. First, before discussing any DNA results, I want to talk about the ethical and social implications of genetic research with indigenous communities. Then I'll focus on how many of the research studies focused on genetic variation in North America have taken a multidisciplinary approach, especially when investigating the initial people of the Americas. And then, for a majority of the lecture, I'll highlight research results on patterns of genetic variation of indigenous populations of the Americas and how we can use this information to investigate the evolutionary history of Native Americans.