Category: Ancestry

A Fantastical Story

If it’s true that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, then Jimmy Cygler and Paul Leventhal are plenty tough. Paul, left, and his brother Jimmy after meeting for the first time in Florida. When both were infants, they were taken from their mother, Rebecca Kaufman, and raised worlds apart without ...

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Family Reunion Time

World Records often involve peril and great feats of courage, and in a way A.J. Jacobs’ plan to stage a Global Family Reunion in New York City this June is a kind of daring tightrope walk of its own. The daylong event — which the New York Times recently described as “part TED talk, part Coachella and part ...

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DNA Relatives Milestone

Last month for DNA Day, 23andMe took a look back at some of our own milestones, but a few of our customers pointed out a glaring omission from that list — the creation of what is now DNA Relatives. So we decided to take note of that historical moment for 23andMe and put it into perspective. Back in 2009 ...

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Everyone Is Related. The (Big) Data Proves It

by Kasia Bryc Earlier this month, I was at the South by Southwest conference in Austin to speak on a panel with the writer AJ Jacobs, about how interconnected we all are. But walking around the conference with such a diverse mix of people — many with their rock star cool outfits and denim jackets — ...

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RIP Richard III

Last weekend, more than 500 years after dying at the Battle of Bosworth, the last English monarch to die in combat was put to rest. King Richard III’s funeral ends an interesting years-long scientific investigation, which began when his bones were uncovered under a Leicester parking lot. The discovery ...

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The Other Side of the Story

Earlier this month, we wrote about Jess, who with the help of her 23andMe results discovered that 100 years ago her grandfather had been accidentally switched at birth with another baby boy and raised by Jewish immigrant parents while the baby he was switched with by an Irish Catholic family. The ...

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Jess’s Story

Jessica has a black and white photo of her grandfather, Phil, standing next to her great grandfather, Sam. In the photo, both father and son are staring into the camera and smiling. Phil, in a white t-shirt with his hair slicked back, towers over his dad and has a pretty distinctive chin dimple and big ...

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Let’s Talk

The author Christine Kenneally — who wrote the wonderful book The Invisible History of the Human Race — graciously agreed to participate in a Twitter chat we are hosting on January 21st at 4pm EST. Her book had some delightful insights into how our DNA, our personal history and our environment shape us. ...

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I Found Them

In the fading black-and-white photo Diane Silberman Berger is about four years old and walking next to her mother along a sidewalk in downtown Spokane. Taken by a street photographer in the late 1930s, the picture shows Diane holding tightly to her mother’s hand as they talk. It’s one of the few reminders ...

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History Written In Our DNA

In a new study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, 23andMe population geneticist Kasia Bryc created a first-of-its-kind genetic portrait of the United States. The study offers a detailed look at how the ancestry make-up of self-identified African Americans, Latinos and European Americans ...

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