Genetic Map of the UK Shows the DNA Stains of Invaders

By Gary Cutlack on at

Maps created by testing and charting the DNA of locals across the UK show we're all quite different from each other underneath, with many regions still sharing DNA with those who invaded the islands thousands of years ago.

The data, published in Nature, shows that there's not really such a thing as a true Brit or a solid template from which Nigel Farage's future home counties master race can be built, with the regions still showing clear shared DNA markers from the invaders of old.

The Orkneys are still populated by the descendents of Vikings who holidayed there in the 9th century, the people of north Wales have a different makeup from their southern counterparts, while the Cornish are really quite different from their neighbours in Devon. Here's how it breaks down:


This map shows how DNA from the 2,000 people it sampled in rural spots differs. They only surveyed people whose grandparents had stayed in their home towns, to help better track down the surviving remnants of incoming DNA.

Rather worryingly for modern racists, the scientists compared this data with existing DNA results taken from 6,000 people across Europe, finding that 51 separate European groups produced matches with today's clusters of British genetic groups. [Nature via The Verge]