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Largest Family Tree

The University of Oxford’s Big Data Institute is working on a massive genealogy project to trace our common ancestry. Researchers have created a new method where they are able to combine data to accommodate millions of genome sequences to spot their similarities. The result is a giant family tree that displays our genetic links through time. Oxford’s study looked at 3,609 genome sequences from 215 populations. Their method was able to accurately predict where ancestors lived and at what time. Now, the team is looking to add more genetic data to the tree. The goal is to have a single map that shows the origin and descent of all genetic variations humans have.

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