Tag: African American

Bridging Family’s Racial Divide

Maria felt conflicted. Here she was celebrating her parents’ 63rd wedding anniversary, and the last thing she wanted to do was upset her elderly mother. But on the flipside she had to ask her. Maria now knew her mother’s secret, a secret that brought up many questions, serious questions. Maria wanted to ...

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Know Your Roots

Among the many brilliant performances on the History Channels remake of the series Roots, is the role of Kizzy, played by Anika Noni Rose, the actress best known for her work on the stage. Like many of the actors who were part of this series, and the original that first aired 39 years ago, the part had ...

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Roots Revisited

In a wonderful interview he did with comedian W. Kamau Bell, actor and producer Levar Burton explained the significance of the current reboot of the series Roots on the History Channel. “Whether you feel like it has any relevance or meaning to you, the real truth is that it does,” Burton said featured in ...

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Asthma in African American Children

Asthma can start with simple tightness in the chest, but end in an epic battle to breathe. So whether you are black or white, Asian or Latino, an asthma attack can be frightening, especially if you are a kid. But who you are, or more accurately what your ancestry is, does matter in what scientists can say ...

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Ending a Legacy of Hate

Listening to Wendy Spencer’s decades-long search for her biological father, the improbability of finding him, and then her shock after learning about the legacy of hatred he inherited from his own father, one would forgive Wendy if she decided to forget she ever found him. But Wendy thought that ...

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Mapping It Out

DNA has been described as both a recipe for life and a record of it, and computational biologist John Novembre — who recently received a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” for his work — is showing just how powerful melding those two elements together can be for scientists. Novembre, who we first ...

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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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Connecting Cousins

Stephanie Griffith-Jackson always believed her ancestry was diverse, but she never suspected her DNA would lead her to France. Interested in her African American ancestry and her family health history, Stephanie tested with 23andMe to learn more. The results surprised her. “I’ve always been a mutt, and ...

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Using 23andMe To Solve A Family Mystery

Jordan Carroll turned to 23andMe to help him solve a family mystery. Like many African Americans, Jordan Carroll was intrigued by the stories passed down through generations that spoke of a white ancestor in his family dating back four generations, a man on his mother’s side. But unlike many other African ...

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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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