Friday, December 6, 2013

My Genetic Ancestry

Congratulations to Eric who only missed my percentage of Neanderthal ancestry by a tenth of a percent! I am 2.9% Neanderthal, which puts me in the in the 83rd percentile (which means I have more Neanderthal DNA than 83% of 23andMe customers).

I also learned other information about my ancestry. I am basically Northern European, most of which is British and Irish.


23andMe has also identified 991 possible relatives. For a handful of these relatives I've been able to identify the ancestor that we have in common.

It has also been interesting to find my risk predictions for certain diseases, my carrier status for several inherited conditions, and predictions for various traits. Unfortunately, 23andMe has runaground of FDA regulations and have stopped offering health predictions to new customers.

As someone interested in population genetics, genealogy, and genomic predictions, I have really enjoyed the information provided by 23andMe. I'm hoping that 23andMe can overcome its difficulties with FDA approval, so that others can benefit from the health predictions provided by genetics.
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