mitochondrial DNA

Haplogroups Explained

August 25, 2015
Many 23andMe customers that contact Customer Care are confused by their haplogroup assignments and what they actually mean. But knowing your haplogroup, and how you can use it, can give...
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Some 23andMe Stories About Moms

May 05, 2014
Alice found her biological mom after decades of searching, so did Cody and PJ. We’ve heard from many customers about how 23andMe helped them find their mothers, learn more about...
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Mito Mightily Disappoints Autism Researchers

July 19, 2013
By Amick B. Research shows a strong genetic basis for autism, but for years scientists have been unable to pinpoint the specific genetic variants associated with the condition, which may...
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Back to School: Sex Chromosomes Quiz Results

September 26, 2012
The 23rd Chromosome This month we’ve run a series of quizzes for the back-to-school season. Here’s are the answers to our third and final quiz. Congratulations to Toni K., who...
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Back to School: All About Sex… Chromosomes

September 19, 2012
We know you’ve been studying hard at 23andMe U., but you’ve still got one more quiz to complete. This one hinges on some of the genetic differences between men and...
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Thanks for the Mito Mom!

May 12, 2012
Mothers are special on so many levels. We cherish them for loving us and imparting important life lessons… and for giving us mitochondria (or “mito” for short)! Mitochondria are small,...
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Ancestry at 23andMe: What Can You Learn?

September 16, 2010
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...
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New Study on Genetics of Ethnic Groups Reveals We May Not Be So Different After All

September 02, 2009
There are many examples around the world of two distinct ethnic groups living side by side. Sometimes these groups co-exist peacefully. Other times they do not. Often two groups’ differences...
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Recalibrating the Genetic Clock: Scientists Develop New and Improved Method for Timing Prehistoric Human Migrations Using Mitochondrial DNA

June 09, 2009
Just over 20 years ago, the first study using mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) to trace prehistoric human migrations was published. In this seminal study, scientists managed to determine that all humans...
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One if by Land, Two if by Sea: New Genetics Study Indicates Multiple Paleo-Indian Migration Routes

January 08, 2009
It seems like new discoveries about the peopling of the Americas are a dime a dozen these days.   Without a doubt, the journey those first Americans took from the...
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