I heard this particular podcast 'future of our past' in the 'future of …' podcast series by IBM around six months back and I was very very impressed! After that I have recommended that podcast to lots of people I know.
However, last week I happened to by chance read this article in Indian Express ' Ethnic Ancestry test reshaping lives' taken from NYT article which has the heading … 'Seeking Ancestry in DNA Ties Uncovered by Tests'. Both the articles are same .. but with different headings. The article mainly says people are using the 'Gene Tree' for their benefits. For proving their ancestry e.g Jewish , demand israeli citizenship, Indian (American) scholarships, health services. EVEN university admissions! The article finishes with these lines:
Ashley Klett's younger sister marked the "Asian" box on her college applications this year, after the elder Ms. Klett, 20, took a DNA test that said she was 2 percent East Asian and 98 percent European. Whether it mattered they do not know, but she did get into the college of her choice.
Also I would like to quote the person from the podcast:
EDWARDS: So, tell us about your…what you found out about yourself and your history.[LAUGHTER]
WELLS: I'm African, as is everybody… [LAUGHTER] …ultimately. I…my ancestry on my father's side, this is the Y chromosome that I was looking up, I know that my father's family traces back to England a few hundred years ago via Connecticut. And so I have a relatively common Y chromosome haplotype or set of linked markers that's found throughout southern England. Over 70 percent of the men in southern England have it.
Now, if you go a little bit further back, before they were in England my ancestors were living down in Spain. This is during the worst part of the last Ice Age. So much of Britain was covered with an ice sheet when you come down out of the North Pole. And people living in Europe had withdrawn to what we call refugium. One was called the Franco Cantabrian Refugium, it was down in Spain and southern France; another down in Italy south of the Alps, and a third in the Balkans. So my ancestors were living down in Spain, so I'm effectively Basque [for] like 15,000 years. Before that, if you go back to around 35,000 years ago, they were living in central Asia of all places. So it's this tracing back down the tree, tracing that lineage and showing those connections. Central Asia, probably hunting on the steps wooly mammoths and so on, and they're sewing clothing out of fur. You know, during…again, we're still in an Ice Age, very extreme climatic conditions. And you know, these are people who probably were among the first to figure out how to live in these very cold, almost you know, Arctic zones, sub Arctic zones.
Before they were in central Asia, they were in central Asia they were in the Middle East. This was around 40,000 to 45,000 years ago, as part of the second migration, the major migration in fact out of Africa. And before that, they were back in Africa along with everybody else, around 50,000 years ago.
It sounds so wonderful to know our past but also is soo shocking to realize that people can push it to their limits. well, people can always justify by telling we are playing by the rules. Then comes the point where the rules will have to be modified! being 2% asian or 100% asian doesn't really matter if you don't relate to being an asian! what are your thoughts?
pics from the article: