Inferring Relatedness, Identity, and Cultural Affiliation from Ancient DNA

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Deborah Bolnick
DNA & Indigeneity Public Symposium
October 22, 2015
Recent advances in genomic technologies have made it increasingly feasible to collect genetic data from ancient human remains. This presentation will explore a key question: What do—and don’t—genetic analyses tell us about relatedness, identity, and shared culture? 

This presentation will consider: 1) the benefits and risks of using ancient DNA to establish cultural affiliation and substantiate repatriation or land claims; and 2) the importance of grounding such claims in what we know more generally about human genetic diversity. 
Dr. Deborah Bolnick is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. 
This talk was presented at the DNA and Indigeneity Public Symposium, held on Oct 22, 2015, at SFU Harbour Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.