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Breaking a tropical taboo

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Jul 24 2015

...Schroeder and his colleagues are attempting to extract and sequence ancient DNA from a member of the extinct Taíno tribe, who lived in the Caribbean before Christopher Columbus arrived. They hope to shed light on how and when people arrived in the Caribbean, one of the last regions of the world to be populated by humans. And Schroeder's collaborator, María Ávila, a postdoc at Stanford University, hopes to use ancient DNA from 16th and 17th century skeletons to study the African slave trade's effect on the population genetics of Mexico.