Genomics, consumer DNA testing, and personal reconnections: using genetics to learn about human history and ancestry

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Date & time

Wednesday 29 June 2022


Seminar Room F, HC Coombs Building


Dr Ray Tobler


CHL Communicate

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The emergence of genomic research in the 21st century is rapidly transforming our understanding of human history, by providing a robust empirical basis to study the ancient migrations and interactions of our ancestors tracing back tens of thousands of years. In parallel, consumer ancestry testing has become increasingly popular in the past decade, providing private individuals with a geographical breakdown of their ancestral origins by comparing their personal genomes to growing genomic databases.

In this talk, Dr Ray Tobler will introduce the basic scientific principles used to reconstruct human history and ancestry from genetic data and discuss how his colleagues and he have applied these methods to investigate the deep history of Indigenous Australians stretching back ~50,000 years.

He will also outline some of the broader social implications of genomic technologies in human historical research, drawing upon his own professional and personal experiences that are motivated by his desire to learn more about his own Indigenous Australian heritage.

This seminar will be in hybrid format, both in-person and online. Zoom details will be sent to individuals once they register via Eventbrite.

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