FUTURE STEPS

* Wrap up the collection of Y chromosome paternal data to ensure the mapping of the whole extent of historical Armenia. A similar approach will be simultaneously applied for maternally inherited genetic traits via mitochondrial DNA as a necessary complement to explore the genetic background of the Armenian people.
* Comprehensive reconstruction of the Armenian genetic legacy based on the whole genome data of individuals whose four grandparents originating from the same area of Historic Armenia.
* Compare the genetic portrait of modern Armenians to that of preceding generations since the Neolithic (based on ancient DNA from skeletal remains) to test the genetic succession of populations living in the Armenian Highlands during the last 10 millennia.

TO SUCCESSFULLY FINALIZE THIS COMPELLING PROJECT, WE CALL FOR ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT OF OUR COMPATRIOTS ACROSS THE DIASPORA. SINCE THE DESCENDANTS FROM ONLY A FEW REGIONS OF HISTORICAL ARMENIA ARE REPRESENTED IN THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA, WE CAN ONLY COLLECT A LIMITED SCOPE OF INFORMATION ON THE GENETIC DIVERSITY OF ARMENIANS. THUS, WITHOUT THE INPUT OF THE DIASPORA, OUR GENETIC LEGACY WOULD BE INCOMPLETE.

WHAT AN EXCEPTIONAL WAY TO COMMEMORATE THE CENTENNIAL OF THE GENOCIDE, TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE GENETIC LEGACY OF ALL OUR ANCESTORS, AND TO REVIVE VOICES FROM THE PAST TO COMPREHEND OUR HISTORICAL NARRATIVE!