DNA study shows lasting Roman gift to Britain

Early in the 5th century, the Romans departed from Britain, leaving behind roads, artifacts, walls, and something else. A new DNA study shows that up to 4 million British men carry Italian genetics, and of that, one million probably originate with the Romans.

Dr Jim Wilson of BritainsDNA, a commercial DNA testing company which conducted the study, looked at the DNA of five thousand English and Welsh men and will present his findings as part of the Who Do You Think You Are? roadshow in London. Alistair Moffat, the company's managing director, said, "What this fascinating piece of research shows is that the Romans did indeed do something for us – for about a million of us in fact."