Exploring Identity through Genetic and Genealogical Research: Development of a Collaborative Course between Humanities and Biology
Department of Literature and Modern Languages
Quadrivium: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship
In this paper, data from student projects completed in their HONR 1000N: Genetics and Genealogy course, taught during winter 2010, are presented. Students traced their deep ancestry through mitochondrial and Y-chromosome DNA analysis, as well as more recent ancestry, using genealogical databases and family histories. Frequently, students were challenged or pleasantly surprised by the information they gleaned. Genetic and genealogical research can provide clues to one’s identity and ethnic background, as well as potential medical conditions.
Doan, J. E., & Schmitt Lavin, E. F. (2011). Exploring Identity through Genetic and Genealogical Research: Development of a Collaborative Course between Humanities and Biology. Quadrivium: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship, 3 (1), 1-22. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/shss_facarticles/206