All Europeans related? Genes reveal a continent of cousins

08/05/2013 14:50

By Tia GhoseLive Science Staff Writer / May 7, 2013

All Europeans are related, sharing a common ancestor as recently as 1,000 years ago, according to a gene study published today. Scientists drew this conclusion, detailed today (May 7) in the journal PLOS Biology, by calculating the length of regions of shared DNA from 2,000 Europeans. The same technique hasn't been applied to other continents, but people in other parts of the world are just as likely to be closely related, the researchers said. [Read more] ...