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The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the hit PBS series "Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." Enjoy a preview of the exciting second season of "Finding Your Roots," premiering September 23, 2014.

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Three Degrees of Genetic Separation

3 Degrees of Separation, Part 2

While the PBS series Finding Your Roots made only passing reference to connections between guests, the truth is that each guest is separated from each other guest by at most three degrees -- genetically. Continue reading ...

June 8, 2012 | 6 COMMENTS

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

3 Degrees of Separation: Genetic Connectivity

It may take far less than six degrees of separation to connect us. Geneticists who worked on the Finding Your Roots series were able to connect guests through just one or two other individuals. Continue reading ...

May 30, 2012 | 4 COMMENTS

This map shows the origins of the maternal line of Finding Your Roots guest Sanjay Gupta. This genetic lineage, U2c, is found primarily in South Asia. Darker colors show where this lineage is most common.

Haplogroups: Tracing Deep Roots with DNA

People with similar geographic ancestry share these small differences in their mtDNA or their y-DNA and they are grouped together in what are called haplogroups— specific clans or branches of the human family tree. Continue reading ...

May 15, 2012 | 13 COMMENTS

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The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Filmed on location across the United States, the series premieres nationally Sundays, March 25 – May 20 at 8 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).

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