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People look to DNA testing to bridge the African diaspora

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Genetic testing is becoming a popular way to reach across the African diaspora, the Atlantic reports from the Aspen Ideas Festival. African Ancestry Inc, Ancestry.com and other companies are catering to a growing group of African Americans who want to use DNA testing to find their roots.

Why it matters: African identities were deliberately erased during the era of American slavery. Families were separated and names were changed. Genetic testing offers a means of discovering aspects of ancestry, though some argue that knowledge is limited.