Tag: ancestry

The Future of Genetic Genealogy

Earlier this month Joanna Mountain, 23andMe’s senior director of research, spoke during a panel discussion at the annual Genealogy Jamboree hosted by the Southern California Genealogical Society in Burbank. Starting in 2013, the four-day conference has included a day devoted to the use of genetic testing ...

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Genetic Nomad

There are few places as far removed from Manhattan than vast tundra and cold forests that make up the land of the Sami, but for Laura, a full-fledged New Yorker, there was no place she felt more connected. After venturing into the vast region that covers the artic north of four Scandinavian countries to ...

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23andMe Ancestry Basics

We got a great response from our Google Hangout earlier this month, which focused on some of 23andMe’s basic ancestry tools. During the presentation CeCe Moore, a genetic genealogist and 23andMe Ancestry Ambassador, started with a quick overview of the science behind using DNA for ancestry before diving ...

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A Conversation With 23andMe’s Eric Durand

This interview is part of an occasional series of profiles introducing you to the people behind 23andMe’s compelling research. Eric Durand has been instrumental in developing several ancestry features at 23andMe including tools that allow customers to see their Neanderthal percentage and to use to see what ...

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Who I Am

Although his family had always told him they were of Mexican and Puerto Rican ancestry, David Aguilar never thought that truly captured who he was. “I always felt that I didn’t really fit into that particular category,” said David, a former ballet dancer who now works as an acrobat. As a 7 year-old ...

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Parallel Lives

Kathy Fisher’s life journey has taken her far from home, but she’s never been far from family, even if she didn’t know it. In an uncanny coincidence, 23andMe connected Kathy with an unknown cousin whose path had crossed hers multiple times in her life – from South Africa, to Botswana, to ...

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23andMe Scientists Improve Methods For Finding Relatives

Two 23andMe scientists have improved a long-used method for detecting shared DNA segments that researchers use to study everything from whether two people are related, to human demography, and even the heritability of disease. The two computational biologists — Eric Durand, PhD and Cory McLean, PhD — ...

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Some 23andMe Stories About Moms

Alice found her biological mom after decades of searching, so did Cody and PJ. We’ve heard from many customers about how 23andMe helped them find their mothers, learn more about the mothers they never knew or simply see in their own DNA some of the things their mother passed on to them. Here are a few ...

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Searching For Her Roots

In her 30 years of searching Perline Porter had to chase down rumors, uncover lies and overcome false assumptions, but in the end she discovered the truth. “I finally know where I came from,” said Perline, a 58 year-old retired computer tech. “I found my biological father and family.” The searching — ...

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We’re Cousins!

In honor of both Easter and Passover, we want to share Debra's 23andMe story. A Christian, Debra didn’t just read the Bible, she began to immerse herself in the Torah, the first five books of Hebrew Scriptures that are also part of the Old Testament. In looking into her own family history she didn’t have ...

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