Mixed roots: Science looks at family trees
The Christian Science Monitor
By Gregory M. Lamb
Welcome to the ‘ancestry industry,’ where DNA tests produce family history hints – and profits.
After his parents died, Malcolm Dodd began to suspect he wasn’t his father’s son. A relative came forward with a story, and the pieces seemed to fit. His father had spent three years fighting in Southeast Asia during World War II, when Mr. Dodd was born. Some sleuthing led him to suspect that his biological father might have been an American soldier stationed in Britain. But Dodd – born and raised in Britain and now retired in Portugal – wanted stronger evidence.