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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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Stories From 23andMe: “I Wanted to Share My News”

Karen Durrett never expected a little spit would lead her to a father she never knew or help save her life. “I feel so blessed,” said the self-described “hippie mom” of three. “I had the chance to truly find out about my own origins and about who I am.” Karen (left) with her half-sister, who she found ...

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Stories From 23andMe: “Hey, Bro”

In May, Neil Schwartzman opened an email message from a complete stranger. “Hey,” it said. “I think you’re my brother.” Neil is one of now thousands of 23andMe users who’ve discovered family relationships they never knew they had. In June, we updated Relative Finder to make it easier to search for ...

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Ancestry at 23andMe: Old Roots and New Horizons

Sheridan* can hardly believe that in just a couple of weeks, she’s learned something about her deep ancestry on her mother’s side, placed herself genetically among the different populations of the world, connected with a potential fifth cousin, discovered a potential second cousin, and traced a fourth cousin ...

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Ancestry at 23andMe: Finding Connections

In our last post, Sheridan* responded to her potential fifth cousin Akina and discovered that she has a potential second cousin through 23andMe’s Relative Finder feature. All of this is exciting, but she’s definitely starting to feel her lack of genealogy experience catching up with her. When she logs into ...

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Ancestry at 23andMe: Sheridan’s Got Relatives

We’ve been following Sheridan’s* journey through the ancestry features at 23andMe over the last few weeks. Because she was adopted with no record of her biological parents, every piece of information has been eye-opening for her. So far, she’s learned that her maternal haplogroup is H2a, meaning that her ...

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Ancestry at 23andMe: Sheridan’s Global Origins

In her first ancestry foray, Sheridan* learned about her Maternal Line. Through her friend Mesut, she also learned about the Paternal Line feature. But these analyses only told her about a tiny part of her DNA. Other features at 23andMe use DNA contained in the other 22 pairs of chromosomes -- called ...

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