“Background Check” — The Discovery Files

An international research team led out of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has developed a computer algorithm that can trace genetic ancestry for thousands of individuals in minutes. Unlike previous computer programs, this requires no prior knowledge of an individual’s genetic background — a simple DNA sample is all that’s needed! This algorithm could also prove extremely beneficial in the medical frontier. Understanding our unique genetic makeup is a crucial step in unraveling the genetic basis for complex diseases, according to the researchers.