Barbujani

Guido Barbujani

Guido Barbujani (1955) is Professor of Genetics at the University of Ferrara. In the past he taught at Padua and Bologna universities, at Mary Queen College of London, and at the Stony Brook University of New York. His chief interests are population genetics and evolutionary biology, and his latest research is about human diversity and the DNA of ancient populations, including the Etruscans and the Sardinians. He has authored a number of scientific articles and books, including: Dilettanti (Marsilio, 1993); Dopoguerra (Sironi, 2002); Questione di razza (Mondadori, 2003); L'invenzione delle razze (Bompiani, 2006); Europei senza se e senza ma (Bompiani, 2008). Together with journalist P. Cheli he has written Sono razzista ma sto cercando di smettere (“I libri del Festival della Mente”, Laterza 2008).

Guido Barbujani

Why Tuscans do not descend from the Etruscans

may sun 30, 2010 - 11.00 a.m.
teatro Bolognini - Via del Presto, 5
 admission euro 3.00

Identity is a complex thing, yet many believe that we inherit it from our forebears through their DNA and from the traditions of our land. According to recent studies of the Etruscans conducted at the universities of Ferrara and Florence, the analysis of their DNA showed them to be fairly similar to contemporary Tuscans, but not enough to be considered their direct ancestors, whereas other Italian regions such as Sardinia show clear genetic continuity between past and present inhabitants.
In sum, genetics teach that our species has a complex history of migrations and exchanges, and that the DNA of each one of us is like a mosaic created by a great number of different ancestors. Yet if we go back 60,000 years, we find traces of all of those ancestors in Africa, the land we migrated from.

Guido Barbujani (1955) is Professor of Genetics at the University of Ferrara. In the past he taught at Padua and Bologna universities, at Mary Queen College of London, and at the Stony Brook University of New York. His chief interests are population genetics and evolutionary biology, and his latest research is about human diversity and the DNA of ancient populations, including the Etruscans and the Sardinians. He has authored a number of scientific articles and books, including: Dilettanti (Marsilio, 1993); Dopoguerra (Sironi, 2002); Questione di razza (Mondadori, 2003); L'invenzione delle razze (Bompiani, 2006); Europei senza se e senza ma (Bompiani, 2008). Together with journalist P. Cheli he has written Sono razzista ma sto cercando di smettere (“I libri del Festival della Mente”, Laterza 2008).

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