Tag: genetic genealogy

War Baby

In the early 1990s when he was on the cusp of turning 50, Paul Dodds didn’t have a midlife crisis, he had a midlife surprise. Paul learned that the man he thought was his father wasn’t. “It kind of made sense because although he was always there, he never bothered with me or my brother (he wasn’t his ...

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A Secret No More

Libby is a geneticist for NOAA Fisheries, the federal agency responsible for the management and conservation of living marine resources. One of her responsibilities is to genotype endangered species of fish, tracking generations of families. That’s right, fish have families. They have pedigrees. The irony is, ...

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This Is My Story

Not long before his grandmother died, DeSean Stokes sat with her as she shared stories of her life. One of 15 children brought up in the segregated south, his grandmother, Evelyn, was the first in her family to go to college — Alabama State University, Class of 1954. She became an elementary school ...

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23andMe Helps Man Find Family

He may have seen his mother once before, but PJ Holland can’t be sure. It’s a fleeting memory, one of his first. He would have been two or three at the time. He remembers watching two women crying and hugging each other near his room. He thinks one of the women was his mother. He remembers seeing the two ...

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It’s Complicated

Virginia Hughes, one of the writers we always try to keep up with, has a thoughtful piece about some of the unintended consequences of uncovering family secrets using DNA testing. As we’ve seen in many of the stories we’ve featured here about customers finding unknown family or uncovering family secrets ...

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23andMe’s Tools Help Solve Ancestry Mystery

Richard Hill as a child with his adoptive parents, Harold and Thelma Hill. Richard Hill spent his career working in the sciences and in marketing, but hearing about his decades-long search for family you get the sense he would have made a great detective. While shoe leather helped him unravel much of the ...

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23andMe’s Ancestry Composition Driving Circles Around the Rest

December was a busy month for 23andMe and in the midst of the hubbub we put out Ancestry Composition, an amazing feature that gives finer detail of an individual’s heritage going back generations. Since its release we’ve heard some great feedback saying the feature has set a new standard in the industry. ...

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23andMe’s New Look at Ancestry

Over the last week 23andMe customers got a different view of their ancestry. Since we launched our new Ancestry Overview, customers now get a quick and comprehensive summary of what their DNA tells them about themselves and their ancestors. This new dashboard summary gives you a quick outline of where ...

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Finding Family Redux

We’ve written about Neil Schwartzman and Jolie Pearl, brother and sister who found one another through 23andMe, but we never tire of their story. CBS This Morning aired a piece about DNA testing featuring the pair and how Neil, who was adopted a few days after he was born, found not just his sister, but his ...

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Independence DNA

Editor's note: When we first ran this post it garnered a lot of interest from our customers, so we decided that for July 4th we'd run it again. Through the magic of the Internet you can now examine the yellowing letters of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin’s first ideas for a colonial confederation in ...

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