Study: DNA Traces Migration from Ethiopia

By Tadias Staff Writer
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Above: Members of the Stanford Genomic Resources team.
(Photo: Stanford News Service)

New York (Tadias) – Three new genomic studies released last week provide the most detailed road map yet of human diversity, offering insight into how humans spread from Ethiopia to populate the globe over the last 100,000 years.

Two of the studies appeared in Nature on Thursday, while a third appeared in Friday’s edition of Science.

The research supports the previously held notion that humans originated in Ethiopia, migrating outward until they reached all parts of the globe. But, according to GenomeWeb Daily News, an online news organization focused on advanced research tools in genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics, “the genetic work brings a new level of precision to human migration studies, with each group finding subtle and intriguing details that shed light on different aspects of human genetic variation and ancestry.”

The studies offer evidence that our ancestors left what is now Ethiopia and went on to colonize North Africa, the Middle East, Europe, southern and central Asia, Australia and its surrounding islands, the Americas and East Asia.

The story of human migration revealed by DNA “compliments what’s known through history, linguistics or anthropology,” said Jun Li, the University of Michigan human geneticist who led the Science study.

According to GenomeWeb, in the largest of the three studies, a group of researchers based primarily at the Stanford Human Genome Center assessed 642,690 SNPs from 938 individuals from 51 populations. Their results, published in Science, provide a peek into the genetic variation both on a global scale as well as within relatively small geographic areas.

The research also suggests Ethiopians are the most genetically diverse, while Native American genomes exhibit the lowest genetic diversity. Middle Eastern, Asian, and European populations, on the other hand, fall somewhere in between.

“Diversity has eroded through the migration process,” University of Michigan geneticist, biostatistician, and evolutionary biologist Noah Rosenberg, said.

The study found evidence for decreasing haplotype heterozygosity in people as they moved further away from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

They also found genetic evidence for differences in ancestry within populations. For instance, some individuals from the Middle East, such as Palestinians, Druze, and Bedouins, had ancestors from the Middle East as well as Europe and parts of South and Central Asia.

The results of these studies, while intriguing from a human ancestry perspective, may also provide insights into interpreting the genetics of some diseases, since they provide a framework for understanding genetic variation.

“One of the biggest problems … is that when you don’t take population or geographic origin into account in a large genetic study for studying something like heart disease — one of the complex traits — for instance, you end up confounding the study such that you don’t actually get real signals,” senior author Richard Myers, a geneticist at Stanford University said in Science magazine’s weekly podcast.

1 Response to “Study: DNA Traces Migration from Ethiopia”

  1. 1 Gabre Selassie Mar 7th, 2008 at 1:29 am

    Mazamur 137:
    Bababilon wenzat atagab bziya taqamatan, tseyonnm basabnat gize alaqasan. Ba’ahaya zafotawa lay masnqochatan, saqalan.
    Yamarakun baziya yazamaren qal filaguban yawasadunm–yatseyonn zamare zamarulan, alun.
    YaEgzia’bhern zamare babaadda madar endot enzamrilan? Iyarusalem Hoya berasash, malase bgwarorroye yatabaq kadasataye hulu balay Iyarusalemn balwadada.
    Abetu Ba’Iyarusalem qan Yaedomn lejoch asaba, esaka masaritawa darisa efarsu, efarsu Yaluatan.
    Anchi warida yababilon lejd hoy sala, tabaqalshan yamibaqalsh yatamsagana naw.
    Haa’natochshan yaza baalat lay yamifita fatachaw yatamsagan naw.

    Psalm 137:
    By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down(Atlantic Ocean / West Indies Islands), yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion(Ethiopia / Africa).
    We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
    For there they that carrid us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the Songs of Zion(Ethiopia / Africa).
    How shall we sing the Lord’s Song in a strange land?
    If I forget Thee, O Jerusalem(Ethiopia / Africa), let my right hand forget her cunning.
    If I do not remember Thee, let my tongue cleave tot he roof of my mounth; if I prefer not Jerusalem (Ethiopia / Africa) above my chief joy.
    Remember, O Lord, the Children of E’dom in the day of Jerusalem; who said Rase it, Rase it, even to the foundation thereof.
    O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be that rewardeth thee as thou hast served Us(Children of Ethiopia Amos 9:6-7).
    Happy shall he be that taketh and deastheth thy little ones against the stones.

    For ever Ethiopia will remain a unshakable and immutable place in Our Heart taht is of the Ark.

    I’m please that this annotation has been proven to be an actual fact though simple yet sublime. Because of what the world has been capable of dipicting in the name of science. Ethiopia to which is the first Empire,Continent and today is now call a Country; ever to be mentioned in the Holy Bible. This shows that our Beloved Creator the First Power of the Holy Trinity dwelling Place is in Ethiopia ‘a sacred location that was deem from Adam and Eve eyes even us today as I’m speaking that which encompasseth by the Angels of Fire Cherubims.

    It is true that thet Children of Seth were fore-warn by our Creator not to inter mingle with the Children of Cain off-springs (Kebra Nequs) of his brother who hath killed his elder brother Abel. Some of these Off-Springs of Seth had remain in Ethiopia while another sect hath journey in to Egypt and was name Israel showing the handy works of God power distinguish from the devil and man. For Ethiopia was isolated from the world for thousands of years as well was the Land that was always on King David and King Solomon mind also the Land that was prophecied by the Prophets as the Land where the Seed of Abraham is to inherit as well the allocation of the Return Messiah.

    Thus the door way to this prophecy is the Shashamanne Land Grant that was Granted to the Blacks in the Diaspora in 1948 with the Governship of Girmawi Qadamawi Hayal Selase Negus Nagast Geta Getachin Mo’Anbesa Ze’Imnegede Yahuda(His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie King of Kings Lord of Lords Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah). Shashemanne Land was given to the Ethiopian World Federation, Incorporated along with a written Consitution and By-Laws that which was ordain established by the Emperor and administrated by His Excellency Dr. Malaku Emanuel Bayen and they of our Fore-Parents in the Americas (Harlem inperticular).

    Five Gasha of fertile Land (200 Hectres)was granted to the Corporation on behalf of the Ethiopian Descents in the Americas and other parts of the globe. It was granted with the focal point of redevelopment and resettlement that is to accomadate those of us who then would wish to return HOME. To some it’s a ‘pipe dream’ while those like myself have this unique yet daunting task to be the one single social and econominc empowerment for the Race or Nation as a hole.

    In this regard, I would refer to the Holy Scripture Saint John 14:1-4:- Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, beleieve also in me. In my Father’s House are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself: taht where I am, there ye may be also. And the whiter I go ye know, and the way ye know.(Ethiopia /Africa) Because the Emperor is being acknowledge as Eyesus Kristos in His Second Avent as stipulated in various parts of the Holy Scripture such as: Psalm 87:5 Rev. 5:5, 17:14 just to be pacific.

    I know it is a astonishing unbeleiveble historical fact, however, if a one take the time to communicate and search the pages of the Holy Scripture keenly like wise the events that had accord during His Imperial Majesty Reign even up to the present, you then too can comprehend what really is the other half of the story that was never been properly told. For if it is true that king James edited the Bible, then he wouldn’t have edit it on behalf of the Ethiopia’s that was lead captive as well as to whom the western christian was to be indoctrinated. It is why His Majesty the Emperor stated that “We in Ethiopia, has the Oldest Version of the Bible…” and also it is why the king James version is composed of 66 books while We in Ethiopian’s has 81 Books.

    Question; is the Bible wrong or some body or persons wrong?

    Back to my Meditational perscription:
    Though much has not been done on the Land Grant to show prove of the evident of this fact as aforementioned in St. John 14:1-4 and other ideals coordinations. I know in the near futre they to whom have been in responsibility will administrate promptly, according to Egzia’bhers Will. If we fail to do so we will one day have to give an account for the millions of African’s who are yet still suffering from this noble sentiment and is being staired in many direction when in fact we all have one focus. It is why His Majesty the Emperor; re-enacted the League of Nations to the United Nations and then to established and implement the necessary insitution that would reverse the many colonial trends that has been misguiding Africa and Africans here and there such as: The Organization of Afican Unity (OAU)/ today is now called the (AU) African Union, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) that is of a main branch of the United Nations for Africa’s Sustainable Development implimentations and I must aforementioned the Ethiopian World Federation (EWF)for it is a purdent part of the puzzels.

    I think I had loberated enough, though I would wish to continue in a more fashionable manner. Nevertheless, I thankful for the privilege to inscript my opinion and more importantly much thanks to the many Students and Faculty’s that was able to diversified the DNA of the People of Ethiopia Origin making this Article unique finding and topic.

    I look forward to Comments, other Statement, Questions; etc.

    Thanks Tadias and Staff’s.

    I Remain,

    Gabre Selassie

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