We Descended From 33 Daughters of Eve in Africa
Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2001
By Paul Majendie
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HAY-ON-WYE, Wales (Reuters) - We are all descended from the 33 daughters of Eve. Just take a swab from your cheek and you can find which one is your original ancestor.
That is the view of Professor Bryan Sykes, one of the world's top geneticists who has spent the last decade mapping out where we come from.
"Your genes have been through a fantastic journey," he told Britain's leading literary festival Tuesday in the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye where he laid out a fascinating DNA pathway to the past.
Now, after opening such a fascinating Pandora's Box, he has found that thousands of people around the world, from the United States to South Africa, are consumed with curiosity and want to find out who their original "clan mother" is.
"There are roughly 33 equivalent clusters if you take the whole world. Eventually it all comes down to Mitochondrial Eve in Africa 200,000 years ago," he added.
"This shows how closely connected we all are," he said More
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