Mike and Eric Our team rolled out a new feature called Ancestry Composition last week that will tell you more about what you’re made of, or more precisely, the geographic origins of your DNA. Principal Product Scientist Mike Macpherson, former Research Scientist Chuong “Tom” Do, and Computational [...]
Tag: paternal ancestry
December 13, 2012
23andMe’s Newest Feature Explores Your Ancestry
September 10, 2012
Genetics 101 Quiz Extended
Attention all students! We're extending the Genetics 101 quiz through Sunday, September 16th to give everyone plenty of time to brush up on their genetics and earn a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card! If you already filled out the quiz and weren’t prompted to enter your name and email address (or you [...]
September 7, 2012
Back-to-School: Genetics 101
Our Hero Gregor Mendel, an Austrian monk and biologist, worked out the pattern of inheritance of various traits. He showed that a “dominant” trait is one that always shows up in offspring while a “recessive” trait is one that is masked by a dominant gene. Update: If you took this quiz before 10 a.m. [...]
June 15, 2012
Happy Father’s Day!
Male 23andMe customers can learn more about their paternal line (the ancestry inferred from their Y-chromosome) here: Paternal Ancestry Not yet a customer? Visit our store or learn more. For National Men’s Health Week, and in the lead up to Father's Day, we had two posts on health issues [...]
June 11, 2012
Happy Father’s Day! Celebrate Your DNA From Dad!
There is no one quite like Dad. Dad is the story-book-reader, the scraped-knee-healer, and the piggy-back-ride hero of childhood. And even though no one is exactly like Dad, there is someone who is at least partially like him: you. In addition to the piggy-back rides, your father also gave you half of his [...]
April 10, 2012
The Missing Pieces in an African American Family History
As the series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. continues its 10-week run on PBS, The Spittoon will feature posts from 23andMe’s Ancestry Ambassadors featuring their own stories about using DNA to dig into ancestry. By Shannon Christmas African American genealogy remains a challenging [...]
March 16, 2012
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 [...]
September 15, 2011
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 [...]
September 16, 2010
Ancestry at 23andMe: What Can You Learn?
Genetic testing is not a concept that most people encounter outside of popular TV shows and so when you hear about services such as 23andMe’s, you might be wondering what exactly it is you’re getting. Even after you’ve signed up and have your data back, you might not know where to start exploring or how [...]
June 11, 2009
23andMe’s New and Improved Paternal Haplogroups
Science is dynamic and ever changing. As new research is published, theories get revised, and hypotheses retested. The field of genetic ancestry is no exception: The flurry of published research just in the last five years has been staggering, and we can now piece together the histories of many groups from [...]