Using DNA to prove or disprove the Book of Mormon's validity

Although most LDS scholars have claimed for several decades that the Lehites were a small incursion into an already existing New World population, within the past decade some members and critics have attempted to apply DNA studies to this very issue.

Critics have argued that according to DNA tests of modern Native Americans there is no indication an Israelite population ever lived in ancient America and therefore the Book of Mormon is false. Conversely, some members have claimed DNA tests demonstrate that ancient Israelites once lived in the Great Lakes area of the United States (one of the proposed geographies for Book of Mormon events) and therefore the Book of Mormon is true. I believe both arguments are wrong.

Since the critics have the superior scientific argument -- compared to those believers who claim the DNA evidence proves the Book of Mormon -- I'll begin with their claims first.

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