Neanderthal DNA

This week on the PBS series, “NOVA” the episode was Decoding Neanderthals about the people that were early settlers to Europe. The Neanderthals used to be thought of as primitive cave-men. Research over the last few years has proven that the Neanderthals were smarter than we thought. Within the last few years scientists have been …

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Finding Your Roots; March 25

Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. returns to PBS with a new genealogy show called Finding Your Roots.  In each hour-long episode, Prof. Gates takes viewers along for a journey with a celebrity pair bound together by sometimes hidden links, treks through layers of ancestral history and life-altering discoveries. Professor Gates says “Finding Your Roots will …

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WDYTYA – Feb. 24

This week on the NBC show “Who Do You Think You Are?” the person  investigating his heritage is Blair Underwood. He finds out that his great-grandfather had 2 slaves. Plus through a DNA search, Blair finds a distant “cousin” living in the country of Cameroon in western Africa. Blair and his father get to visit …

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Genealogy TV Series Coming Soon

“Who Do You Think You Are?” returns to NBC on Feb. 3rd in the same time slot as last year, Fridays at 8pm. The producers say that the series “leads celebrities on a journey of self-discovery as they unearth their family trees that reveal surprising, inspiring and even tragic stories that often are linked to …

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Black Plague

A recent article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has science website buzzing. It confirms that medieval plague that caused the Black Death in Europe from 1347 to 1351 was caused by the Yersinia pestis bacteria. That bacteria still exists today but is nowhere as lethal as it once was. Recent analysis …

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Generations Project – Season 2, ep. 1

The genealogy series, The Generations Project has started it’s second season. It runs on the BYUTV channel, which is on a few cable systems and also on Dish Network. BYUTV isn’t on our local Time-Warner cable. In the first episode of this season, Xander and Carrie have two sons that have a rare genetic blood …

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Set your VCR, Tivo or DVR

This is your last notice! This Wednesday is the first of a four part series, Faces of America hosted by Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates. He uses genealogy and DNA to explore the ancestors of 12 celebrities. Those profiled are: Professor and poet Elizabeth Alexander Chef Mario Batali Comedian Stephen Colbert Novelist Louise Erdrich Journalist …

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