Goodbye passport, welcome human tissue.
A team of Swiss and American researchers (led by John Novembre, see J. Novembre e.a. ‘Genes mirrors geography within Europe’: 2008) did research on how the human genome varies on a continental scale. They analysed the genomes of over 1.300 European people and compared the DNA differences with each person’s country of origin. The result was amazing: the genetic map corresponded with the geopolitical map of Europe.
This is just the beginning of this kind of research and it doesn’t include genetic variants, but it does illustrate how our geographical location influences our genes.
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