Category: Ancestry

More Fun with Neanderthals

In another example of how fascinated we are with Neanderthals — our ancient human ancestors — last week the Colbert Report featured British paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer. In a few minutes that were peppered with quips from Stephen Colbert, Stringer managed to explain a couple hundred thousand years of ...

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Using 23andMe to Make Connections

We plead guilty to occasionally geeking out on genetics, so it’s nice to see when someone else does it too. In September, Moment Magazine got all nerdy and wrote about their Great DNA Experiment, in which they look at the 23andMe results of 15 notable Americans of Jewish ancestry and make some interesting ...

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More On 23andMe’s Neanderthal Lab

Not everyone would embrace their inner caveman, but in today’s Slate Ann Gibbons sure did. Gibbons, who also writes for Science, is the author of the book The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors. Over almost two decades, she’s delved into the discoveries around human evolution. In ...

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Who Planted The Family Tree?

by Emily Chang, Joanna Mountain and Mike Macpherson Click on the image above for a larger version of this chart, which shows that some ancestry combinations are more common than others in the 23andMe database. Given the “melting pot” nature of the United States, it is not surprising that most ...

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Back to School: All About Sex… Chromosomes

We know you’ve been studying hard at 23andMe U., but you’ve still got one more quiz to complete. This one hinges on some of the genetic differences between men and women. So before you matriculate, here’s the last quiz. Now don’t sweat it, you’ll do fine and we’ll even give you some hints along the way to ...

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African Ancestry and Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

A study published in March in the journal PLoS ONE suggests that having more African ancestry is associated with higher risk for type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States, affecting about 26 million people and more than 25% of the population over the ...

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Three Degrees of 23andMe

23andMe's Shawna, who has a degree in biological sciences focusing her studies on genetics, put together this video and post that illustrates the interconnectedness between all people. Enjoy. We hope it inspires your own journey through your DNA. By Shawna, Customer Care Representative at ...

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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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