One in 200 men alive today are related to Genghis Khan himself. A global team of geneticists have made the amazing discovery that there is more than 16 million men in central Asia that have the same male Y chromosome as the famous Mongol leader. Y-chromosomes that belong to dissimilar men differ slightly. “One in every 5,000 DNA units is not the same. But when we looked at our results, we found a huge group that did not show any differences. We were absolutely amazed,” said Tyler-Smith. The team, who consist of men and women from Britain, Italy, China and Uzbekistan, took tissue samples from 2,000 men from central Asia, and closely studied each one's Y chromosome, the hereditary package that grants maleness and is passed only from father to son. It is a remarkable discovery to find out that so many human beings today are related to such a well-known leader in history.
-Steven V., period 7