23andMe’s Newest Feature Explores Your Ancestry
December 13, 2012
Ancestry Composition last week that will tell you more about what you’re made of, or more precisely, the geographic origins of your DNA.Principal Product Scientist Mike Macpherson, former Research Scientist Chuong “Tom” Do, and Computational Biologist Eric Durand led the team that spent many months developing an innovative and accurate tool to determine your ancestry going as far back as 500 years.One of the stunning aspects of Ancestry Composition is that it’s based on the newest advances in machine learning and thus will get better over time.“Ancestry Composition is truly innovative. Not only does it use public-genetic databases for reference, it also uses the data set from 23andMe, so as more people join 23andMe, the more powerful and more accurate Ancestry Composition will become,” Mike said. white paper put together by Mike or a recent poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, which outlines the technique.The new feature replaces 23andMe’s “ancestry painting” and “global similarity,” two tools that were equally pioneering when they were first introduced. But with Ancestry Composition 23andMe breaks new ground and sets a new standard for determining genetic ancestry.