Advances in understanding the human genome and the development of novel sequencing techniques have set the stage for precise studies of ancient DNA. (For more on ancient DNA studies, click here.) People can now utilize the services of commercial and academic organizations to trace their genetic heritage far back into the past.

Poll Question:
How interested are you in discovering your genetic roots?

Can’t wait to find out
97

Intrigued but in no particular hurry
68

Could not care less
19