Join Ancestry for Genomics Meetup kick-off event Wednesday

Posted by Camille Penrod on October 10, 2016 in DNA, Inside our Offices

As consumer genomics grows in popularity and becomes more affordable, Ancestry is pleased to announce a new Bay Area Genomics Meetup group. The goal of this group is to encourage collaboration between companies and academia to help solve difficult and interesting technology and scientific problems to address this rapidly growing market. Topics will vary from Read More

Customer Testing Begins on New AncestryDNA Chip

Posted by Ancestry Team on May 12, 2016 in DNA

The science and technology powering the AncestryDNA test, which helps people better understand themselves and where they come from, is always evolving. We are constantly seeking new and better ways to provide insights into your past and to help you uncover the stories and relationships that have come together to make you who you are. Read More

Over one million DNA samples and many new scientific research findings

Posted by Julie Granka on October 2, 2015 in Big Data, DNA, Science

Ancestry science team gives two platform presentations on Friday, October 9th at human genetics conference ASHG With over one million customers who have submitted their DNA, AncestryDNA has the fastest-growing and one of the largest collections of human genetic data around the world.   That amount of DNA data powers the AncestryDNA science team to perform Read More

Filtering DNA matches at AncestryDNA with Timber

Posted by Julie Granka on June 8, 2015 in DNA, Science

When someone takes an AncestryDNA test, we compare their DNA to the DNA of the hundreds of thousands of other test-takers in the AncestryDNA database.  We’re looking for “DNA matches” — people who share DNA with one another, and so might be relatives. The main idea behind identifying a DNA match is to look for Read More

Recent University of Oxford study sheds light on estimating Great Britain ethnicity

Posted by Julie Granka on April 21, 2015 in DNA, Science

This post was co-written with Peter Carbonetto, Ph.D., Computational Biologist at AncestryDNA For every AncestryDNA customer, we estimate the ethnic origins of their ancestors from their DNA sample—what we call a “genetic ethnicity estimate.” AncestryDNA customers can currently trace their ancestral origins to specific parts of the world, including 26 regions across Europe, Africa, Asia, Read More

The Science Behind New Ancestor Discoveries

Posted by Julie Granka on April 2, 2015 in DNA, Science

At AncestryDNA, we empower our customers to uncover exciting details about their family stories.  Today, we announced a new AncestryDNA experience based on years of research and development by the AncestryDNA science team that is revolutionizing the way people discover, preserve, and share their family history. Learn more about the announcement here. We are combining DNA Read More

AncestryDNA Scientists Achieve Advancement in Human Genome Reconstruction

Posted by Julie Granka on December 16, 2014 in DNA, Science, Uncategorized

Passed down through the generations, fragments of the genomes of long-gone ancestors exist today in the genomes of their living descendants. Those fragments can actually be used to recover parts of those ancestors’ genomes – without having to resort to some more morbid techniques for obtaining their DNA.  That means a potentially easier way for Read More