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DNA Testing – Vanity Fair, the Africa Issue


DNA testing is the new ‘thing’ in the States.  Vanity Fair has raised the issue of DNA ancestry in its recent Africa issue. In a recent feature in Vanity Fair, America’s ultimate lifestyle magazine. DNA testing was put under the microscope. The magazine had an African theme and the guest editor for the edition was Bono, who used this publication to highlight the plight of the African people. One feature looked at ancestry and how DNA testing can uncover our human make-up.

DNA Testing – Out of Africa

Scientists believe that Homo sapiens emerged from Africa around 50,000 years ago. Spencer Wells a population geneticist,is the director of the Genographic Project. In Vanity Fair, Wells says that humanity ‘owes’ Africa, because Africa is the home of humanity. DNA testing means that previously unknown data is now widely available about our ancestry. Wells has charted DNA shared by more than six billion people.

African Migration in DNA

As part of the African issue, both Bono and the magazine’s famous editor, Graydon Carter underwent DNA testing. This testing and research confirms the African origins of every human on earth. Graydon Carter’s DNA test revealed his maternal ancestors were part of the second wave of migration from Africa into the Middle East 50,000 years ago. For Bono, his African links also show that his maternal ancestors were part of this second wave of African migration.

DNA – Out of Africa

If you think you know who you are and who your descendants were, DNA testing could uncover some unusual surprises. Even if you know your Grandma was from Italy and your Grandfather was from Spain, or that you are half Irish and half Chinese, if you delve deeper, Spencer Wells says, we are all still African under the skin. During prehistoric times, the human race evolved from the African continent. And now simple DNA swabs and DNA tests can prove it.

DNA Testing Revealing Roots

DNA testing is so revealing about our history because it can trace many millions of generations back to the very beginnings of life on earth. If you go back to the beginning of time we can see that we shared DNA with bacteria and butterflies and as Wells wrote: “It turns out that every person alive today can trace his or her ancestry back to Africa. Everyone's DNA tells a story of the journey from an African homeland to wherever you live today. You may be from Cambodia or County Cork, but you are still carry a map inside your genome that describes the wanderings of your ancestors as they moved from the savannas of Africa to wherever your family now comes from.

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