January 31, 2010

East Asian Immigrant to Italy

My colleague Tracy Prowse recently did some DNA testing of skeletons from her cemetery site at Vagnari, in south-central Italy, and found out that one of them was from eastern Asia. aDNA is, of course, way cooler and often more useful than Sr and O analysis at finding immigrants (and at finding out how individuals in a cemetery are related), but it's still pretty damned expensive. Now that I've done the background work with Sr/O and isolated some individuals I'm fairly certain are immigrants to Rome, however, perhaps I can get some grant funding for aDNA analysis... but it'll have to wait until I graduate.

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