To help people know their history better, Ras Al Khaimah Hospital has launched the Next-Generation Sequencing, or NGS technology, to test ancestry with precision. It goes back up to 100 generations to tell people where their DNA originated from and tracks the migration of their ancestors through saliva samples. It opens a window into the past and pinpoints the exact location of their ancestors, beyond country and continent.
Residents in the UAE can have their saliva samples collected 24X7, but the test results can take up to four weeks to arrive via email. A European woman who took the test was able to make sense of her liking for Arab culture and Mediterranean food after tracing her ancestry with the tech.
Unlike any records available, RAK Hospital’s NGS tech tells people how their ancestors left Africa tens of thousands of years ago. It shows how different generations settled and moved across continents to reach where they are now. It can also shed light on the earliest stages of human history by comparing the DNAs of people across the globe.
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