Monday, January 29, 2007

Out of Africa (By Way of Yorkshire)

The seven British men who share an unusual surname and a West African Y chromosome were not named Marton, as the Sun reported, but Revis. John Revis should know.

John responded to a newspaper advert by Leicester University asking for people who have traced their ancestry to give DNA samples for a study on world populations.

He said: "The scientists took some of my DNA away for analysis and then one day they called me up and were very excited. They said I had a Y-chromosome that was extremely rare. I was flabbergasted. I had no idea that I was so culturally unique. But I am not going to start eating couscous and riding a camel." [Link]

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