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Tatiana Tatarinova, Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair in computational biology, explains the significance of digging graves to discover ancient bodies’ countries of origin to an audience of 37. She presented the lecture, “Bioinformatics for Fun, for History, and Everything else,” Tuesday in the President’s Dining Room. She talked about the Khazarian puzzle, or the idea that Khazars were converted to Judaism and subsequently diluted their culture. Tatarinova has found Khazar DNA in remains from eastern European countries.

Lecture digs into evolution of DNA

Roughly 40 students and faculty gathered in the President’s Dining Room for Tuesday’s faculty lecture, “Bioinformatics for Fun, for History, and Everything else,” by Tatiana Tatarinova, professor of computational biology, and one of two new Fletcher Jones endowed chairs in the department.

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