Tag: Africa

23andMe Makes More Improvements to Ancestry Features

23andMe’s popular Ancestry Composition just got a little better. The feature estimates what percentage of your DNA comes from populations around the world, breaking down the Asian, African or European ancestry to give you insight into the geographic origins of your ancestors going back many ...

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23andMe’s African Ancestry Project

The human story begins in Africa, but for many African Americans searching for their ancestral roots, finding where their family story begins on that great continent is nearly impossible, because the slave trade severed those connections. 23andMe is launching an initiative that we hope will change ...

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The Keeper Of Memory

Mike Lattimore felt a mix of anxiety and dread about visiting Africa, so fraught it was with the scars of slavery. But standing on the shores of what is known as the “Slave River” near the Cape Coast of Ghana, where men and women were once bathed before they were sold into slavery, Mike felt a sense of ...

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Back-to-School: Human Prehistory 101 Test Results

Correction: Ouch! We mistakenly listed the wrong answer to the last question in the quiz. It has been corrected. Populations are more similar now than they were 500 years ago due to migration and intermixing. The correction did not change the results for the winner. Okay students, pencils down! Last ...

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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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Solving Mysteries via DNA

Finding Your Roots Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is a 10-part series in which the Harvard scholar will delve into the genealogy and genetics of famous Americans. Gates uses history and science, including 23andMe’s ancestry tools, to explore race, family and identify in each episode. With the ...

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Did You Know? Ancestry is Not So Black and White

Data from the 2010 census showed that about 13% of people living in the United States self-identify as African American, but from a genetic point of view, ethnicity isn't so black and white. Most African Americans have genetic ancestry tracing back to both Africa and Europe but the exact proportion can vary ...

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Did You Know? One in Twelve African Americans has Sickle Cell Trait

Sickle Cell Celebrities A number of famous individuals have suffered from sickle cell anemia including Miles Davis, perhaps the most famous jazz musician to have lived (some consider his platinum-selling album Kind of Blue to be THE jazz album), and Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins, a singer and founder of the ...

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Stories From 23andMe: James Larry Vick and the “Black Dutch” of Newman’s Ridge

It started innocently enough with a simple question from his daughter. “Where did our family come from?” (Image from Larry Vick's blog) For 20 years Larry Vick has been trying to answer that question. His first source was a chart drawn up by an uncle, but since then Vick has turned to old Census files, ...

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