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Archaeologists find 200-year-old African DNA on tobacco pipe

March 18, 2019

DNA found on tobacco pipe stems uncovered by archaeologists from the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) and Anne Arundel County from 200-year-old stone slave quarter at Belvoir along MD 178 is most closely related to Mende in Sierra Leone.

“When Africans stepped on those slave ships, they lost not only their freedom but their identity,” said Dr. Julie Schablitsky, MDOT SHA chief archaeologist. “This is one way archaeologists can help descendants reclaim their heritage.”


March 18, 2019


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Forensic Science

In conjunction with Parkland Community College's Pathways program and the Department of Anthropology, classes held at the IGB for ANTH 247 introduce students to the laboratory practices, molecular biology and DNA analysis skills commonly used by forensic DNA scientists. A hands-on, interactive approach is used that incorporates many of the same tools used by professional forensic DNA scientists.

First dogs in Americas arrived from Siberia, disappeared after European contact

July 6, 2018

A study reported in the journal Science offers an enhanced view of the origins and ultimate fate of the first dogs in the Americas. The dogs were not domesticated North American wolves, as some have speculated, but likely followed their human counterparts over a land bridge that once connected North Asia and the Americas, the study found.


July 6, 2018


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Two Ancient populations diverged in the Americas later ‘reconverged’

May 31, 2018

A new genetic study of ancient individuals in the Americas and their contemporary descendants finds that two populations that diverged from one another 18,000 to 15,000 years ago remained apart for millennia before mixing again. This historic “reconvergence” occurred before or during their expansion to the southern continent.


May 31, 2018


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Respect Indigenous ancestors: Scholars urge community engagement

April 26, 2018

A new article in the journal Science provides guidance for those intending to study ancient human remains in the Americas. The paper, written by Indigenous scholars and scientists and those who collaborate with Indigenous communities on studies of ancient DNA, offers a clear directive to others contemplating such research: First, do no harm.


April 26, 2018


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Ripan Malhi featured on Day of Archaeology website

July 16, 2014

"Day of Archaeology" is a project that aims to provide a window into the daily lives of archeologists from all over the world.  The project asks people working, studying or volunteering in the archeological world to participate in a “Day of Archaeology” each summer by recording their day through text, images or videos and sharing them on their website.

This year, associate professor of anthropology and IGB member Ripan Malhi was featured in an article entitled "Molecular Archeology Puts Artifacts in Perspective.”


July 16, 2014


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IGB Hosts Second Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics

August 26, 2013

IGB Hosts Second Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics

More than a dozen students from across North America attended the Summer Internship for Native Americans in Genomics (SING) workshop at the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) on August 4–11 to discuss the potential, as well as the risks, for genomic research in Native American communities.

Marcus Briggs-Cloud was one of over a dozen attendees to the 2013 SING workshop.


August 26, 2013


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Mitochondrial DNA Ties Ancient Remains to Living Descendants

July 5, 2013

Study of Mitochondrial DNA Ties Ancient Remains to Living Descendants

Researchers report that they have found a direct genetic link between the remains of Native Americans who lived thousands of years ago and their living descendants. The team used mitochondrial DNA, which children inherit only from their mothers, to track three maternal lineages from ancient times to the present.


July 5, 2013


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