Researchers recreate 200-year-old man’s genome using only DNA from his living relatives

Hans Jonatan DNA

Hans Jonatan was born in St. Croix more than 200 years ago in 1784. His mother Emilia Regina was a house slave on the island, which means Jonatan was born into slavery.  He would later manage to free himself by escaping to Iceland, where he would marry a local woman and raise a family before dying in 1827 at the age of 43.

There are no known photographs of Jonatan, but he gained notoriety when his life story was told in a book called The Man Who Stole Himself. But Jonatan once again finds himself the subject of much conversation this week. Despite having no access to any of the man's remains, researchers were able to recreate his DNA in a scientific breakthrough that could have tremendous implications.

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