10:15 - 11:00

The search for a method that utilizes biological information to predict humans’ place of origin has occupied scientists for millennia. Over the past four decades, scientists have employed genetic data to address this question with limited success. Geographic Population Structure (GPS) is the most accurate biogeographic tool that analyses your autosomal DNA data and predicts your most recent geographical origin with a resolution of up to 1,000 years. This origin may be the village, city, or country where your DNA was formed by the combination of several gene pools. GPS does not use Mitochondrial or Y chromosomal haplogroups because they provide a limited geographical resolution of the past 15,000-20,000 years. The GPS technology aims to eventually help you find the exact origin of your grandparents and your great-grandparents throughout the ages with extreme accuracy. This talks looks at how such tests could unlock genealogical roots.