On the heels of last week’s announcement that Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF) will be collecting DNA samples in Mongolia comes new information that the company will be conducting a similar project in Panama.
According to the announcement, SMGF has partnered with the Gorgas Memorial Institute (Instituto Conmemorativo Gorgas de Estudios de la Salud
“We are honored to join with Gorgas Memorial Institute,
Interestingly, the project will also analyze ancient bone samples that were recently discovered in Panama Viejo. Panamanian project leaders are hoping that this will help bolster
â€œ â€˜Knowing the genetic composition of the people that lived in Panama more than 1000 years ago may give us proof that permanent human settlement has been present here for a long time and that this country is not only a bridge for people to walk by,â€™ said Motta. Knowing the genetic mix of our people will also teach us that we are not simply made of whites, blacks, American Indians and Asians, but that we are a rich and beautiful mixture of all of these races.â€™â€
SMGF has a map that displays all the areas in the world in which the project has performed DNA collection projects.
I hope that there was some DNA analysis done of the Kuna Indians on the Carribbean coast of Panama, as they are some of the smallest people on earth.
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