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Good Morning, Bruce Jackson

Forensic DNA Expert Quoted on ABC News Program

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Good Morning America, the popular morning program of ABC News, filmed an interview on campus recently. Dr. Bruce Jackson, assistant professor with the UMass Biotechnology, Bioengineering and Biomedical program, discussed the efforts of African-Americans to identify their ethnic roots and place of origin through DNA analysis. Jackson, a molecular biologist, is co-director of the African-American Roots Project and emphasized the extensive time and study needed to establish reliable DNA mapping of the many hundreds of ethnic groups in West Africa. On the program, Jackson said, "It is not possible to link anybody in this hemisphere to any ethnic group in Africa at this time."