Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Reading the Past in Ancient Irish Genomes

Geneticists from Trinity College Dublin, and archaeologists from Queens University Belfast, have sequenced the first genomes from ancient Irish humans. The information buried within is already answering pivotal questions about the origins of Ireland’s people and their culture. The genomes show unequivocal evidence for mass migrations into Ireland, which are likely to have brought cultural changes including the transition to agriculture and may even have provided the origin of western Celtic language.

Lara Cassidy, PhD Researcher in Genetics, Trinity College Dublin;
Daniel Bradley, Professor of Population Genetics, Trinity College Dublin;
Eileen Murphy, Senior Lecturer in Osteoarchaeology, Queen's University Belfast.

Posted on Youtube on the 4th of January 2016 by Trinity College Dublin. See also http://www.tcd.ie/news_events/articles/scientists-sequence-first-ancient-irish-human-genomes/6317?srcfeed=atom#.Vq9O030ufud

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