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Our HLA in Chromosome 6 is a gene complex that helps us sense the world within us, and strongly shapes our health and genomes. There are incredible variations across HLA in humans that make it hard for us to match with each other. HLA goes 40 million years deep. As a result, all of us are more closely related to some gorillas than some people, or even than some relatives. We are more closely tied into the animal kingdom than we may think!

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Nathaniel Pearson

Nathaniel Pearson

Genomicist Nathan Pearson explores what DNA reveals about our health and history. Teaming with fellow scientists and genome-curious layfolk — from historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to rocker Ozzy Osbourne and journalist Carl Zimmer — he has long worked to make inner data personally and scientifically useful. Trained at Stanford and the University of Chicago, he led research efforts at Knome and the New York Genome Center, and, in memory of his mom (who died at 34 of blood cancer with no marrow donor), founded RootDeep.com to reward tissue volunteers with wise, personal, and free insight from their own most vital genes.