African American

Using 23andMe To Solve A Family Mystery

December 31, 2013
Jordan Carroll turned to 23andMe to help him solve a family mystery. Like many African Americans, Jordan Carroll was intrigued by the stories passed down through generations that spoke of...
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23andMe Makes More Improvements to Ancestry Features

November 19, 2013
23andMe’s popular Ancestry Composition just got a little better. The feature estimates what percentage of your DNA comes from populations around the world, breaking down the Asian, African or European...
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23andMe’s African Ancestry Project

November 01, 2013
The human story begins in Africa, but for many African Americans searching for their ancestral roots, finding where their family story begins on that great continent is nearly impossible, because...
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More Diversity Needed in Genetic Research

August 20, 2013
By Anne Pinckard The high rates of type 2 diabetes in some minority communities as well as the rates for prostate cancer among African American men are a good illustration...
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Genetics, Puberty and African American Girls

June 17, 2013
Several studies have shown that certain girls, particularly African-American girls, experience puberty earlier than others, but there’s an ongoing debate about what that might mean. There are a number of...
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A New Health Report To Take To Heart

February 08, 2013
Editor’s note: This post has been edited from its original to reflect changes in our product. What are you doing this month to celebrate matters of the heart? No, we’re...
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Who Planted The Family Tree?

September 20, 2012
by Emily Chang, Joanna Mountain and Mike Macpherson Click on the image above for a larger version of this chart, which shows that some ancestry combinations are more common than...
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African Ancestry and Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

September 13, 2012
A study published in March in the journal PLoS ONE suggests that having more African ancestry is associated with higher risk for type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is one...
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Raising Awareness For Sickle Cell Disease

June 19, 2012
June 19th is World Sickle Cell Awareness Day. About one in 12 people with African ancestry in the U.S. carries a copy of the mutation causing sickle cell disease. Do you?
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First Lady Michelle Obama’s Distant Cousins

June 18, 2012
Editors note: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated the name of Mrs. Obama’s maternal great-great grandfather. The correct name is Henry Wells Shields. A story in Sunday’s New...
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