Category: Ancestry

Did Humans and Neanderthals Have Sex?

Did they really “do it?" We’re not talking about actress Kristen Stewart and her “Snow White and the Huntsman” director; We’re talking about Neanderthals and modern humans. Without meaning to get all People magazine on you, the question about whether modern humans and Neanderthals hooked up has again ...

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Alyssa’s 23andMe Ancestry Story

This is a guest post from a 23andMe customer, who took a journey to learn about her ancestry. By Alyssa Gradstein I took the 23andMe DNA test to find out who I was. I was adopted and ethnically mixed. I can’t count the number of times in my 30 years I’ve been asked: “What are you?” It stung ...

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We Got the Music in You

Maybe you always knew you had music in your heart, but 23andMe shows it’s in your genes too. Our new lab, developed by 23andMe’s  Mark Ackerley, gives customers the opportunity to create a unique melody from their DNA. Mark, a composer trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, developed an ...

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23andMe’s New Look at Ancestry

Over the last week 23andMe customers got a different view of their ancestry. Since we launched our new Ancestry Overview, customers now get a quick and comprehensive summary of what their DNA tells them about themselves and their ancestors. This new dashboard summary gives you a quick outline of where ...

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Finding Family Redux

We’ve written about Neil Schwartzman and Jolie Pearl, brother and sister who found one another through 23andMe, but we never tire of their story. CBS This Morning aired a piece about DNA testing featuring the pair and how Neil, who was adopted a few days after he was born, found not just his sister, but his ...

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Independence DNA

One of 23andMe community users pointed out an error in the original version of this post that has been corrected. We incorrectly reported Thomas Jefferson's paternal haplogroup designation, which was reclassified a few years ago to T. We apologize for the error. Through the magic of the Internet you can ...

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Dancing with 23andMe

The dance is sort of a gnome-like jig — all knees and elbows and no hint of cool — but where Matt Harding gets you is in his pure unabashed release of happiness. As you watch, a smile creeps across your face. You can’t help yourself. For almost a decade, Matt has cobbled together the most unlikely of ...

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s Distant Cousins

Editors note: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated the name of Mrs. Obama's maternal great-great grandfather. The correct name is Henry Wells Shields. A story in Sunday’s New York Times about first lady Michelle Obama’s distant white relatives echoes some of what we’ve seen more and more of ...

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23andMe at the Genealogy Jamboree

With assorted schwag in hand, our team of elite 23andMers headed to Burbank last weekend to pass out a few free kits, some t-shirts and mingle with some of the most committed genealogists on the planet. Mike Macpherson ready to answer a few ancestry questions. This year’s Southern California Genealogy ...

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Three Degrees of Genetic Separation

(Click to enlarge) While the PBS series Finding Your Roots made only passing reference to connections between guests, the truth is that each guest is separated from each other guest by at most three degrees -- genetically. What the graph above shows is a simplified view of just some of the connections ...

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