San José hosting gathering of regional bioanthropologists

The Asociación Latinoamericana de Antropología Biológica and the Universidad de Costa Rica are cohosting a three-day bioanthropology workshop in San José.

The activity,  XII Congreso Latinoamericano de Antropología Biológica, is designed to bring persons together to share experiences in health, evolution, ethics, human rights, human genetics and forensic anthropology fields.

“This event is a privilege and the Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología de Costa Rica celebrates this important activity, ” said Alejandro Cruz, minister of science and technology.  “Our national science, technology and innovation plan commits us to support all those activities aimed at promoting the vocation of young people and the training of those so it is possible to work in science and technology.”

Some themes of discussion during the congress are the search for genes that cause complex diseases that exist in hybrid populations of Costa Rica and African Americans in the United States, studies of ancient DNA in native American populations and the state of reproductive health in Latin America.

Asociación Latinoamericana de Antropología Biológica was founded in 1989 in Santiago, Chile, as a way to promote scientific exchange between researchers in the area and in Latin American countries.  The association has been meeting every two years in different countries since 1990 as a way to update knowledge and interact with multinational research, said the organization’s Web site.

An incentives commission of the science ministry donated 10 million colons to finance this congress.

XII Congreso Latinoamericano de Antropología Biológica will continue through Friday. Each day begins at 8:30 a.m. and the schedule includes lectures, symposiums and presentations.

More information is available on the Web site at

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