Tag: DNA Relatives

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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Meant to Be

Selma Spieler wished she knew more about her father. She knew he came from Russia, was generous — regularly bringing food to neighbors and sending money to a cousin in Israel who was studying to be a doctor. And she knew her father worked hard, toiling at night in a bagel factory in Brooklyn after he ...

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Family Mystery Solved with 23andMe

We’re returning one more time to the story of Jessica and Alice, and how they used 23andMe to unravel a century old mystery. We first wrote about the story back in February 2015 and again a few weeks later, and we aren’t the only ones fascinated by it. Scott Fisher, the host of the syndicated family ...

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DNA Testing Helps Amnesiac

A Florida amnesiac has finally figured out his identity with a lot of help from strangers, genetic genealogist CeCe Moore and DNA testing. Benjaman Kyle, who was found beaten and semi-conscious behind a south Georgia Burger King 11 years ago, has spent the last several years in Jacksonville Florida, ...

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Strangers No More

Blurring the line between stranger and relation, the artist Laurel Nakadate used DNA testing to connect to hundreds of cousins who she photographed for a series of arresting portraits. The photos, all taken outdoors, at night with the subjects alone and lit by only a flashlight, convey both intimacy ...

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Mending a Broken Heart

When he was 21, Gary Skillings tried to contact his mother through a nun at the Catholic orphanage from which he was adopted in the 1950s, but she didn’t want to see him. “That was kind of a heartbreaker,” Skilling told the Sun Journal newspaper in Maine. “But I honored her wish.” Although he longed ...

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Searching With 23andMe

Several media stories in the last few months have highlighted the potential of 23andMe to help adoptees. One of the more touching pieces highlighted a woman’s 50-year search for the son she’d given up for adoption at 19. She was able to find him using 23andMe, only to lose him again to cancer. Another ...

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More Than Just Luck

The amazing CeCe Moore, a genetic genealogist and 23andMe Ancestry Ambassador, has done it again, solving a family mystery and helping a woman connect with her biological mother for the first time. “DNA,” Moore told the Orange County Register, “was the only way to solve this.” The story, which appeared ...

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How I Met My Father

For decades, the mystery of his birth felt paralyzing to Jonathan Hay, a well-known hip-hop producer and Santa Monica-based PR maven. That all changed late last year after connecting for the first time with his biological parents, in part because of testing with 23andMe. His story was recently featured ...

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A Fantastical Story

If it’s true that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, then Jimmy Cygler and Paul Leventhal are plenty tough. When both were infants, they were taken from their mother, Rebecca Kaufman, and raised worlds apart without knowing of the others’ existence. With the help of 23andMe, the brothers ...

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