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DNA links man to 'world’s first woman'

Ian Kinnaird’s family tree went all the way back to 'Eve', scientists say

  • IANS
  • Published: 19:01 June 30, 2012
  • Gulf News

London: A British pensioner got the mother of all shocks when he discovered he was directly related to Eve, the world’s first woman who lived 190,000 years ago.

DNA tests found Ian Kinnaird’s family tree went all the way back to the world’s first woman, reported on Saturday.

This is a real gobsmacker. I have led an unremarkable life until now

Ian Kinnaird, whose DNA was traced to 'world's first woman'

While most struggle to delve beyond our great-grandfathers in ancestry research, the 72-year-old traced his all the way back to the beginning of humanity.

Ian said: “This is a real gobsmacker. I have led an unremarkable life until now.”

He has a genetic marker, L1B1, that can be followed back to an ancient African lineage that has never before been found in Western Europe.

The research team who did the tests — Britain’s DNA — said it made Ian “the grandson of a black Eve”.

Ian has mitochondrial DNA which is passed through the female side, is 30,000 years old and only two genetic mutations removed from the first “black Eve”.

Most people are 200 mutations removed, researchers said.

Comments (20)

  1. Added 16:29 July 1, 2012

    every human being existed on earth came from adam & eve. this study only creates confusion, descrimination and does not value the presence of less fortunate people who cannot threet imes a day. spend the millions of money to feed the hunger children in africa and rest of the poor nations in the world, that what the true DNA of eve is all about.

    gul, xdb, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 15:15 July 1, 2012

    has science tested DNA for every human being on earth????? there may be some human being who are even children of Eve or mother of ian please do not base your research from a part population. we need more convincing researches.

    zammy, SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:37 July 1, 2012

    Lots of silly comments over here! There is a big difference between 200 mutations removed and only two mutations removed.

    Ali, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:57 July 1, 2012

    IAN is the man!!!!!!

    Fasi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 13:31 July 1, 2012

    The genes and the DNA - the code to make a human - are a combination of genetic material received from a man and a woman. During a lifetime, some of this material is subject to forces of nature - radiation - microwaves, nuclear, x-rays, uV, etc and undergoes change known as 'mutation'. So every generation changes the genetic material, so that in a 100 generations, very little of the original material remains intact. The BIG DEAL about this article is this - the genetic material is almost exactly as EVE passed it on to her child, with minor mutations equivalent to change produced over two generation. so this man Ian has the genes which would have been present in the grandchild of Eve. This low level of mutation is extremely rare to find - This is the Big Deal.

    Mahesh Butani, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:00 July 1, 2012

    It must be a really slow news day in the UK. What would have been news was that he wasn't related to Eve.

    simon, sharjah, United Kingdom

  7. Added 12:59 July 1, 2012

    Really such a waste of money by doing such research. every human on this planet relates to Adam and Eve

    syed jaffar, al hassa, Saudi Arabia

  8. Added 12:54 July 1, 2012

    Can't they use that money on more useful research like finding a cure for terminal diseases? what a waste.

    mirabel, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 12:50 July 1, 2012


    OMAR, KARACHI, Pakistan

  10. Added 12:42 July 1, 2012

    From where did they get dna of Eve??

    Abdullah, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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