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Dr. Wu Awarded NSF Grant for Genetic Research

Congratulations to Dr. Yufeng Wu for being awarded his latest NSF grant titled

III: Small: Computational Methods for Ancestry Inference In Genetics. Many people are interested in their ancestry. Traditionally, historical records are the main sources of information for knowing one’s ancestry. In the age of Genomics, analyzing one’s genome is becoming the most popular way of ancestry test. Companies now offer such tests to millions of customers. The influx of DNA ancestry tests now make people know not only something about themselves, but also more about their ancestors. Interesting questions have been raised about how much one can learn about his or her recent ancestors from one’s own DNA. Recently, the investigator has been working with a population geneticist on developing computational methods for inferring recent ancestors from an individual’s genome.