Tag: ancestry

Why Study the Y?

In the largest study of genetic variation within the human Y chromosome, an international team of scientists has traced back branches of the male line almost 200,000 years, revealing points in history of major population expansions that appear to correspond to eras of innovation and human migration. David ...

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A Conversation with 23andMe’s Kasia Bryc

This interview is part of an occasional series of profiles introducing you to some of 23andMe’s scientists behind 23andMe’s research. Senior Scientist and Population Geneticist Kasia Bryc is originally from Lublin, Poland, but grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. As an undergraduate Kasia studied mathematics and ...

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A Conversation with Population Geneticist David Poznik

This interview is part of an occasional series of profiles introducing you to some of 23andMe’s scientists. Population geneticist David Poznik came to 23andMe after working in Carlos Bustamante’s lab at Stanford University. Originally from Massachusetts, David earned an undergraduate degree in Biophysics at ...

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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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Eyes Wide Open

Brothers from different mothers, John and Brian came together because of 23andMe. For John, 68, finding a half-brother was the last thing he expected. “I was shocked,” he said. John used 23andMe because he’s interested in science. Since his days in high school biology class, John has always been ...

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Olympic Search

Fast and sure on the ice, Olympic gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno was less sure about his ancestral background. Raised by a single father, who’d immigrated to the United States from Japan, Apolo didn’t know much about his mother’s side of the family. On a recent episode of the syndicated family history ...

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How Lucky I Am

Of course he knew he was adopted but that only made Tony Mercer wonder more about what made him so tall, and his thumbs so stubby, and where he got his passion for playing the piano. “My adoptive family was very caring and supportive as I was growing up, but I never felt completely …integrated,” said Tony, a ...

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Hidden in Plain Sight

Many adoptees talk about walking through a crowd, looking at the faces of strangers and wondering if they are brushing shoulders with one of their parents or a brother or sister. Carole Huber, an adoptee, was no different. That urge to learn more about her biological parents, about her story, never ...

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Who I Am

Not everyone who tries 23andMe has the same sort of reaction to his or her results as Barbara Weir. “It’s mind boggling,” said the 87 year-old who lives in San Diego. “Next to marrying my husband and having my children it’s the most exciting thing in my life. It explains so much about me — who and what I ...

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A Fresh Take on Genetics for Freshmen

To teach his students a powerful lesson in genetics, Bryant McAllister, an associate professor of biology at the University of Iowa, poses a simple question. “Who are you?” Dr. McAllister asks. The answer, and the genetic tools to explore it, offer an opportunity for students to learn, not just about ...

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