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Fred Khumalo Discovers that His Genetic History Has Been Hiding in Plain Sight

Zulu Boy Gone CrazyDuring a visit to an eye specialist Fred Khumalo was surprised to be questioned about his heritage. The specialist explained that his type of corneas were not usually found in indigenous South Africans and discussed the wealth of genetic information that can be discovered by examining people’s eyes.

Khumalo discussed the recent popularity of mapping people’s histories using genetics in a column for Sunday World:

All I really needed was an eye test so I could get new lenses for my glasses. But the visit to my eye specialist three weeks ago ended up with me discovering that I probably was not who I thought I was.

Having examined my cornea with his state-of-the-art computer, the eye specialist was visibly excited: “Are you sure you’re South African? Are both your parents from this country?”

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