Y-chromosome

New Study Reveals Complex Origins of the Malagasy

June 19, 2009
Only 250 miles separates the island of Madagascar from the southeast coast of Africa.   The short distance between the two land masses traditionally led the outside world to assume...
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23andMe’s New and Improved Paternal Haplogroups

June 11, 2009
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...
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What’s in a Name: Surnames and the Y-Chromosome

December 29, 2008
My surname – Holden – has gone through many incarnations since it originated in England nearly 700 years ago.   Letters were added, then dropped.   Some branches of my...
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Hidden in Plain Sight: New Genetic Discoveries Shed Light on the Spread of Farming in Eastern Europe

December 24, 2008
Before genetics came into the picture, researchers interested in the introduction of agriculture to Europe had only the archaeological record to go on – a limited collection of primarily stone...
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ASHG Releases Ancestry Testing Statement Emphasizing Interpretation

November 14, 2008
The American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG) has released a statement outlining a set of recommendations for genetic ancestry testing. At a press briefing on Thursday, members of the ASHG...
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Ripples in the Mediterranean: Tracing the Genetic Origins of the Phoenicians

October 30, 2008
About 3,500 years ago the Phoenicians expanded from their homeland in present-day Syria and Lebanon, using their superior maritime technology to establish trading posts across southern Europe and North Africa....
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More than Just a Parable: The Genetic History of the Samaritans

September 05, 2008
Upon hearing the name “Samaritans,” many people are immediately reminded of the famous passage from the Gospel of Luke (10: 25-37), the so called ‘Good Samaritan’ parable. Jesus tells of...
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The Origins of Pastoralism in Africa: What do the Genes Say

August 04, 2008
This guest post is by Brenna Henn, a doctoral student in Stanford University’s Department of Anthropology and a 23andMe consultant. Brenna studies human evolution using genetic information. Her interests include...
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Haplogroups of the Rich and Famous

June 16, 2008
Jesse James Editor’s note: This post has been corrected from the original, which gave the incorrect location of Jesse James’ grave. One of the most engaging features of 23andMe’s Personal...
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Whose Y to Use? Paternal Ancestry for Ladies

May 07, 2008
Editor’s Note: This post does not reflect our current product offering. 23andMe’s ancestry product looks at the autosomes (chromosomes 1-22), the sex chromosomes (XY), and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). For more...
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