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Did You Know? DNA Can Offer Clues about Irish Ancestry.

Nearly 37 million Americans claim to have Irish heritage according to a national survey conducted in 2009. That’s over eight times the number of people living in Ireland today. Although it’s remarkable that nearly 1 in 10 Americans might say “Kiss Me I’m Irish!” on St. Patrick’s day, it’s not clear if all ...

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Did You Know? Genetic Research Lags for African Americans

Although there has been a recent boom in DNA research, little is known about the connection between DNA and disease in African Americans. This is because most genetic research studies intentionally limit enrollment to a single population — usually northern Europeans — since the analysis is easier to carry out ...

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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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Studies of Extreme Longevity Extremely Challenging

By David Hinds, Chuong Do, and Shirley Wu In January we wrote about the challenging search for genetic influences on human longevity, touching on two of the most recent studies as examples of how elusive solid findings have been. Because one of these studies was a new version of a paper that was previously ...

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Stories on Every Branch of the Family Tree

Every family has its stories. We just don’t know them all. That’s where genealogy comes in. Through census and military records, notes in family bibles, or conversations with older relatives we can recover some of those family histories. But where memories and traditional paper records fail, we now have a new ...

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The Ancestry Link For Atrial Fibrillation Risk

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common heart rhythm disorder that, while not usually life-threatening on its own, can lead to more serious complications such as heart attack and stroke. AF can be caused by underlying heart problems but high blood pressure, being overweight, and having type 2 diabetes also ...

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What European DNA Can Say About Ancestry, Disease Risk, and Cultural Traits

All the drama in the European Union right now — the debt crisis, the North-South divide and the kvetching over the wisdom of a common currency — has reignited talk about the cultural divide between people on the continent. But is the divide more than a political and cultural one? Is there a deeper ...

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More at ICHG/ASHG: The Nuts and Bolts Behind Health and Ancestry

If you're just joining us, our scientists are busy this week presenting findings from our research at ICHG/ASHG 2011 in Montreal. But not all of our scientific contributions are in the realm of genetic associations. As some of our other conference posters have shown, we also spend a lot of time thinking about ...

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23andMe Traces Two Women’s Ancestry on Anderson Cooper’s New Show

More than two decades ago, on opposite sides of the country, two babies were cast away with slim chances of surviving. “Miraculous Mary,” as she was called then, was found along a California highway wrapped in a towel and stuffed into a brown paper bag, while “Baby Jane Doe” was found in a box with the trash ...

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Making Connections with Relative Finder

Not all the discoveries made on 23andMe are quite as profound as Neil Schwartzman finding his half-sister and mother, but even when 23andMe’s Relative Finder links distant cousins together those connections can still be electric. Gerald Lopez, a customer who found a fourth or fifth cousin and information ...

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