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The POBI Project Video


The Genetic History of the United Kingdom:
The People of the British Isles Project (POBI)

Author: Garrett Hellenthal

Garrett has a PhD in Statistics and currently works as a statistical geneticist at University College London, primarily on developing methods to infer history using DNA. This includes identifying periods in the past when worldwide populations have intermixed due to invasions or migrations. For example, he has helped quantify the genetic impact across central Asia of the armies of the Mongol Empire of Genghis Khan, identify DNA related to the Arab Slave Trade in populations bordering the Mediterranean and Arabian Seas, and unearth possible DNA mixing among traders along the Silk Road of Asia.

Length: 43 Minutes

Summary: This video explains autosomal DNA, and covers the discoveries made by the POBI Project about the genetic history of the United Kingdom using autosomal DNA.

Target Audience: Genealogists researching their family tree, those interested in autosomal DNA, and anyone interested in the history of the United Kingdom.

Garrett presents results from the People of the British Isles (POBI) project, an exploration of the fine-scale genetic architecture of the United Kingdom. Using the DNA of individuals sampled across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Garrett illustrates the striking correlation between an individual’s genetics and their geographic origins. Furthermore, by comparing the DNA of UK individuals to that of individuals sampled from continental Europe, we identify clear differences in ancestry among different geographic regions of the UK, reflecting the genetic imprint of the Anglo-Saxon and Norwegian Viking migrations from several centuries ago.

This lecture was presented at Who Do You Think You Are? 2015.

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Disclaimer: The link to this video is provided to help Guild members. This area of research is rapidly advancing, so conclusions may be different in the future.

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