Rick Kittles

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Rick Kittles

BiographyKittles was born in Sylvania, Georgia in 1976 as an only child. He grew up in Central Islip, New York. When Rick was young he wanted to grow up to be a rap musician. Other than this, he was interested in differences and origins of people, as in why everyone looked different and had different skin tones. Kittles went to Rochester Institute of Technology and graduated with a B.S. degree in biology. He then got huis Ph.D in biology from George Washington Univeristy in 1998. He started his career as a teacher is many schools within the New York and Washinton D.C. areas. Rick then became a researcher and funded a project for Howard University researchers, in which they exhume remains of African Americans from an 18th-century graveyard. In 1998 he was hired at Howard Unviersity as an assistant professor of microbiology and named director of the AAHPC (African American Heredity Prostate Cancer) Study Network. Kittles was also the co-director of the molecular genetics unit of Howrd Univerity's National Human Genome Center. Then, in 2004, he became an associate professor at the Tzagournis Medical Research Facility of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Currently, Kittles is the leader of an African Ancestry Incorporation that he cofounded in 2003 with Gina Paige.

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works cited Rick Kittles Biography - Concocted African Ancestry, Directed Prostate Cancer Study, Callers Jammed Howard Switchboard, Attracted Celebrity Customershttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Kittleshttp://www.africanancestry.com/our-story/http://www.africanancestry.com/how-it-works/

Scientific ContributionRick Kittles contributed to science by creating an incorporation that helps Africans find their ancestors. It was possible for Kittles to do this because he is a geneticist. A geneticist is a special or expert in genetics, which is the study of a persons genes and DNA. African Ancestry was founded in 2003 by Kittles and Gina Paige. This incorporation had helped more than 150,000 people re-connect the roots of their family tree. The process is simple, you order a kit, swab the inside of your cheek, and then send it back to the company. From there they will test it and send you your results telling your not only your country of origin but maybe even your ethnic group.

Life Obstacle Kittles did not have to overcome many obstacles to get where he is now. One of the only things that Kittles had to overcome was working and going to school at the same time. He was a teacher at one point while he was in school and a researcher at another point while he was in school. He had to deal with learning new things and teaching children at the same time. Rick did research and homework for school. He had to rearrange his schedule so that he could achieve his goal and get his Ph. D, but without this he would not have created the incorporation that he did.

By: Brandy Legates

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SummaryRick Kittles had a great effect on our world. He created a way to find out where people came from, even when they are from other countries, and other continents. His way of using DNA to find ancestors can help people all around the world. People in China and Russia and even Australia can use this idea to find their ancestors. Kittles incorporation may only be for Africans, but the science is the same no matter where the person is from. African Ancestry has helped many people find family on the other side of the world, and that is amazing. Kittles has helped people reunite and find out where they are from, giving them some emotional and physical stability


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