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The Lessons of Genomic Research
The Lessons of Genomic Research

Author(s): Nándor Dreisziger
Subject(s): History
Published by: Society of the Hungarian Quarterly

Summary/Abstract: The dawn of the 21st century witnessed the birth of the new science of genomics. This event coincided with the sequencing of the human genome in the year 2000. Genomics is also known as “deep ancestry” and has significant implications for the study of our distant past. Hitherto our knowledge of ancient times, even the second half of the first millennium A.D., derived mainly from such fields as archaeology, anthropology, mythology, paleo-linguistics, paleo-musicology as well as the examination of very rare manuscript sources such as chronicles, travel and government reports. In the case of peoples without a tradition of keeping written records, these latter sources invariably originated with foreigners who often had very limited knowledge of the events and conditions they described. To these means of elucidating the distant past genomics offers a new and potent instrument.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 196
  • Page Range: 50-55
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: English