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Why Ugo?


As a geneticist, Ugo would be the first to point out that, though his family has lived in Italy for generations, his DNA is not 100% Italian. Nevertheless, as the bishop of one of the Rome wards and Institute director, he has a great love for the Italian members he serves. 

His expertise in DNA analysis has led him to research dealing with the Mountain Meadows Massacre and studies attempting to identify any progeny that resulted from Joseph Smith's plural marriages. 

Ugo has written and spoken more than any other LDS geneticist on what DNA analysis can and cannot tell us about the possible population of Book of Mormon peoples in the Americas.