Category: Ancestry

Updates to 23andMe Paternal Haplogroup Assignments

With the holiday season upon us, 23andMe is sprucing up its paternal haplogroup tree! With 23andMe population geneticist and Y-chromosome expert David Poznik at the lead, we’ve updated our Haplogroups Report to reflect significant developments in the field over the past few years. We’re also excited to ...

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The African Genetics Project

To enhance its research and enrich its customer experience, 23andMe is launching the  African Genetics Project, recruiting people who emigrated from, or whose parents emigrated from several specific countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Africa is the birthplace of all humanity, and its people are the most ...

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The Real Issue: Diversity in Genetics Research

A recent article in Quartz with the headline “23andMe has a problem when it comes to ancestry reports for people of color” provides an opportunity for us to discuss the real issue largely missed by the author — the need for diversity in genetics research, and biomedical research in general. It’s also an ...

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Our Three Fathers

As a wedding planner, Wendy Wojcik pays close attention to even the smallest of details, yet in her own life she always ignored one big one — the identity of her biological father. That all changed recently. Upon reaching her 50th birthday and mourning the loss of her mother, Wendy realized she wanted to ...

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Bridging A Family’s Racial Divide

Maria felt conflicted. Here she was celebrating her parents’ 63rd wedding anniversary, and the last thing she wanted to do was upset her elderly mother. But on the flipside she had to ask her. Maria now knew her mother’s secret, a secret that brought up many questions, serious questions. Maria wanted to ...

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A List For Midlife

For his big birthday Adam Keim wrote out a to-do list titled — “40 for 40.” It included little things like walking across the Golden Gate Bridge, volunteering for a day, and getting a massage. “These are mostly things I have never done, things I have needed to do, and a few that I haven’t done in a long ...

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A Lucky Man

By Jonathan Fischer My name is Jonathan Fischer. I was adopted shortly after birth in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Not knowing more than where I was born, I always wondered about my origins and who my parents were. But I was also afraid about what I might find out, so for years I did nothing. Then not too long ...

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Founding Fathers’ DNA

Editor's note: We first ran this blog post a few years back and thought we'd revisit it for this year's July 4th. 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 his own handwriting and early ...

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Happy Father’s Day

Over the years we've been lucky enough to hear from customers who've used 23andMe to connect with their dads. Some of them simply shared their results to see the kinds of traits they shared with the fathers. But several customers, mostly adoptees, have been able to use 23andMe to find their biological ...

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Know Your Roots

Among the many brilliant performances on the History Channels remake of the series Roots, is the role of Kizzy, played by Anika Noni Rose, the actress best known for her work on the stage. Like many of the actors who were part of this series, and the original that first aired 39 years ago, the part had ...

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