This week, CitiGen researchers led a roundtable discussion at the “DNA and History” conference in Manchester. CitiGen postdocs Pierpaolo Maisano Delser, Stefania Merlo Perring and Sarah Abel each gave a short intervention on the following themes:

  • How can we narrate the complex migration stories that are being uncovered by ancient DNA research?
  • How far can genomic studies help shed light on urban populations who do not appear in the historical record?
  • What is the potential of genetic genealogy to democratise the past?

The discussion was chaired by CitiGen PI Hannes Schroeder, with responses from Catherine Nash, Turi King and Debbie Kennett.

The conference was organized by Jerome De Groot as part of the Double Helix History project.