Monday, November 11 2019
16:30 - 17:30

Ramanujan Auditorium

Using ancient DNA to understand Indian history

Vagheesh Narasimhan, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School <>

The revolutionary ability to sequence genetic material from skeletal material thousands of years old has allowed us to study human history in a way never possible before. The speaker will discuss recent results from ancient DNA extracted from the Indus Valley Site of Rakhigarhi as well as from the Iron Age and other historical settlements at Gandhara in the Swat Valley. By comparing their relationship to other samples from Central Asia and modern genomes from across India, one can begin to understand the genetic makeup of modern Indian populations came to be and its implications of the demographic plausibilities for the spread of language in the ancient world. <>

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