Modern day genetic fingerprinting, and genealogical sleuthing, have led a University of Utah researcher and his colleagues to the Fry family descendants.
Mr. and Mrs. George Fry landed in Massachusetts, from Somerset, England, sometime between 1624 and 1640. Their legacy?
A specific gene mutation which spawns colon cancer.
Descendants have been located, and thanks to modern day treatment, in Utah at least, the family members are being spared.
You can read more abut this fantastic work here.