Community Engagement in Genetic Analysis of Modern and Ancient Aboriginal DNA

Sunday, 16 February 2014
Acapulco (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
Alan Cooper , University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
Iíll discuss both the Genographic Project, and more importantly, with our subsequent efforts to engage Aboriginal groups in the genetic analysis of museum archive material, and modern descendants of those individuals, and groups. Iíll cover the role of high level elder contact, personal privacy (approach through elders personal contact, and not local or civic leadership), detailed interactions between scientists and indigenous participants, and the positive feedback that we have received.