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Taking 'Roots' to a DNA level

In PBS series, black luminaries tracetheir ancestry, with revealing results

By Suzanne C. Ryan
Globe Staff / January 29, 2006

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. is still a little shocked. The chairman of Harvard University's Department of African and African-American Studies has just produced a four-part series for PBS, ''African American Lives," in which DNA testing is used to trace the African ancestry of nine famous Americans, including Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, and former astronaut Mae Jemison. (Full article: 1239 words)

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