CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Exploring Identity through Genetic and Genealogical Research: Development of a Collaborative Course between Humanities and Biology

Department

Department of Literature and Modern Languages

Publication Date

Spring 2011

Publication Title

Quadrivium: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship

ISSN

2474-5766

Volume

3

Issue/No.

1

First Page

1

Last Page

22

Abstract

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.

ORCID ID

0000-0002-4966-1251

Peer Reviewed

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