Watch: DNA & the Origins of Peoples: The Armenians

Hovann Simonian and Peter Hrechdakian delivered the 18th Annual Vardanants Day Armenian lecture on their work using social media to expand the nonprofit Armenian DNA Project.

DNA is a relatively new field which opens a different way of looking into the deep history of people in general and of Armenians specific in this case. One of the reasons why Armenians are interesting to study is that they didn’t really mix too much with other people once they became Armenian. There is a key element in DNA studies which has only emerged in the last year or two is the study of ancient DNA, ancient human remains to be able to see if the ancient skeletons, the DNA of these ancient skeletons ties to people living right now.

When you’re studying living people, you’re only extrapolating. When you’re able to go back into ancient DNA, here, you can really reach deep into the past.  The techniques to do this,  have really been perfected and are getting perfected. So, we’re able to extract minute amounts of DNA from very ancient and deeply and badly preserved specimens.

Read more on the Armenian DNA Project here.





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