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Hardly a day goes by without something in the newspaper, radio, or TV about genetics and the great strides in molecular understanding of the human genome, i.e. our entire complement of genetic material. And now hardly a week goes by without something appearing about what the understanding of our genomes is telling us about human evolutionary, ethnic, and migrational history. Now, I would say that hardly a month goes by without some major article or program appearing on the role of genetics in genealogical research. A recent good one is called "Tracing Your Genetic Roots," which appeared in U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 29, 2001, pages 34-41. (Also found at the U.S. News Web site, http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/010129/migration.htm) The frequencies of these appearances will certainly accelerate, as all our knowledge is accelerating today.

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