Nearly one-third of Native American genes come from west Eurasian people linked to the Middle East and Europe, rather than entirely from East Asians as previously thought, according to a newly sequenced genome.Yes, intriguing. Read the report, and then realize that while there may be a significant chunk of Western Eurasian / Middle Eastern DNA among modern Native Americans, the genetic ties may be too ancient to be of direct value to Book of Mormon studies. But the study does remind us of several important things:
- Scientists have not yet figured out the origins of all Native Americans based on DNA and other evidence.
- Using DNA to trace the origins of people is complex and tentative.
- Abandoning the Book of Mormon due to the alleged lack of Middle Eastern DNA in the Americans may be a bit premature.
- DNA science does not rule out the possibility of ancient migrations of small groups from Western Eurasia or the Middle East to the New World.