Tag: ancestry

23andMe’s New Ancestry Timeline

Robin Smith, 23ndMe Senior Scientist When did that 2 percent Yakut ancestry make its way into your family tree? The newest 23andMe Ancestry feature may have the answer for you. This feature is another first for 23andMe, which broke new ground by offering customers a detailed accounting of their genetic ...

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The Gift

The stories all start the same — with a 23andMe kit given at Christmas — but then they follow their own fascinating narratives that are as unique as the customers who share them with us. Almost daily we hear from people who’ve learned something new about themselves or their families using 23andMe. Some of ...

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Tracing Back to Africa

DNA extracted from bones at a burial site in a rocky valley on a remote island in the South Atlantic could hold important information for those with ancestral roots in Africa. A fascinating article in Nature, describes work led by Hannes Schroeder to make that connection. Schroeder, a researcher at the ...

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Whoa Nelly

If Lisa hadn’t used 23andMe, it’s hard to imagine how she would have ever known about Nelly. Lisa hadn’t been searching for her. When she tested with 23andMe, Lisa was mostly just curious about the science of personal genetics. “I was fascinated that the technology had advanced so far so quickly, and ...

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Sharing and Protecting Your Genetic Information

By James Rathmell, 23andMe Privacy Fellow Our mission at 23andMe is to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. One way we do this is by giving community members the ability to connect with distant and close genetic relatives with our sharing tools. We have two main tools you can use ...

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Reinventing The Way We See Family

I love family. Modern families. Blended families. Adopted families. And, DNA families. Over the last ten years, I’ve seen the ancestry part of our genetic service change lives. Every day I watch people connect with their DNA family, and see how the concept of family can evolve into something greater — ...

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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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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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