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

2 Talks and 4 Posters in 4 Days at the ASHG Annual Meeting

Posted by Julie Granka on October 15, 2014 in DNA, Science

For the AncestryDNA science team, October brings more than fall foliage and pumpkins.  It also brings us the yearly meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), the main conference of the year in our field. On Saturday, we’ll arrive in San Diego to join thousands of other scientists for a four day conference… Read more

The DNA matching research and development life cycle

Posted by Julie Granka on August 19, 2014 in DNA, Science

Research into matching patterns of over a half-million AncestryDNA members translates into new DNA matching discoveries  Among over 500,000 AncestryDNA customers, more than 35 million 4th cousin relationships have been identified – a number that continues to grow rapidly at an exponential rate.  While that means millions of opportunities for personal discoveries by AncestryDNA members,… Read more

Ancestry.com to Present Jermline on DNA Day at the Global Big Data Conference

Posted by Jeremy Pollack on April 9, 2014 in Big Data, Data Science, Development, DNA, Science

Interested in genealogy?  Curious about DNA?  Fascinated by the world of big data?  If so, come check out my talk  at the Global Big Data Conference on DNA day this Friday, April 25 at 4pmPT in the Santa Clara Convention Center!  I’ll cover Jermline, our massively-scalable DNA matching application.  I’ll talk about our business, give a run-through… Read more

AncestryDNA Regions by the Numbers

Posted by Julie Granka on March 25, 2014 in DNA, Science

Since May of 2012, when we first released AncestryDNA, we’ve returned results to over a quarter of a million customers. Based on feedback that we have received, those 300,000 customers have learned a great deal about their family history – their deep ancestral origins and their genetic relatives. As it turns out, AncestryDNA has also… Read more

DNA and the Masses: The Science and Technology Behind Discovering Who You Really Are

Posted by Melissa Garrett on March 12, 2014 in Analytics, Big Data, DNA, Science

Originally published on Wired Innovation Insights, 3-12-14. There is a growing interest among mainstream consumers to learn more about who they are and where they came from. The good news is that DNA tests are no longer reserved for large medical research teams or plot lines in CSI. Now, the popularity of direct-to-consumer (DTC) DNA tests… Read more

Video Q&A with Lead Engineer at Ancestry.com

Posted by Melissa Garrett on February 21, 2014 in Big Data, CSS/HTML/JavaScript, DNA, Technology Conferences

Jeremy Pollack, a lead engineer at Ancestry.com, answers questions on the technical backend of AncestryDNA in a video interview with InfoQ. The interview took place after his presentation with Bill Yetman on scaling AncestryDNA using Hadoop and HBase at QConSF in 2013. Check it out!

Adventures in Big Data: Presented Scaling AncestryDNA using Hadoop and HBase at QCon San Francisco

Posted by Bill Yetman on November 14, 2013 in Big Data, DNA, Technology Conferences

Jeremy Pollack, an engineer on the DNA Pipeline Team, and I presented together at QCon San Francisco this week. It was a real tag team effort from two different points-of-view – the “Manager” and the “Developer” view of the same project. Having both of us on stage was a first, but it seemed to work really… Read more