BY BRUCE JOHNSTON IN ROME EDEN EXISTED and was situated in southern Africa, and probably between South Africa and Tanzania, according to a Jesuit scientist and lecturer. It was there that the biological str ucture of modem man appeared for the first time, said Padre Angelo I Serra oldie Catholic University of Milan.
The priest said this conclusion had been reached by studying genetic information contained in the nucleus of chromosomes.
Since 1989, he said during a conference held by a Rome-based pontifical academy, "scientists began analysing the sequences of human molecules.There are six billioa in a human being, and three billion in an egg or a spermatozoa; he added.
"Studies carried out on the DNA of many diferent populations stow that one can go back to an ancestor of Homo Sapiens, 'who lived in Africa. From there the descendants of Adam and Eve emigrated to other continents."
• IN A MAT by the Vatican Office forLiturgical Celebrations to ease the strain on the Pope's frail health, John Paul II did notlead die traditional Ash Wedaesday procession along on of Rome's seven hills this year.
The Portiff's Lenten duties were lightened last year and the number of Masses he celebrates and audiences he gives has been reduced.