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

Ancestry.com to Present at Upcoming Tech Conferences in New York City

Posted by Scott Sorensen on October 28, 2013 in Big Data, DNA, Technology Conferences

At Ancestry.com we face all sorts of exciting technology challenges to grow our business and support the company’s mission of helping everyone discover, preserve, and share their family history. This week, I’m excited to share some of the learnings we’ve had along the way in leveraging our data to help users make more meaningful discoveries… Read more

Unraveling the Science Behind Ethnicity Estimation

Posted by Julie Granka on October 24, 2013 in DNA, Science

A small tube of your saliva can reveal a lot about your family history hundreds and even thousands of years ago.  At AncestryDNA, we study the DNA in that saliva – using sophisticated science – to reveal your ethnic origins.  We recently announced an update to our ethnicity results which provides customers with a more… Read more

AncestryDNA: part of the scientific community

Posted by Julie Granka on October 16, 2013 in DNA, Science

Next week, the AncestryDNA science team will be flying across the country with a tube full of posters. Scientific posters, that is.  We’ll be presenting them at the annual American Society of Human Genetics conference (ASHG) in Boston.  This will mark AncestryDNA’s second year presenting our latest research at the largest worldwide conference in human… Read more

AncestryDNA Makes Scientific Breakthrough in West African Ethnicity

Posted by Julie Granka on September 12, 2013 in DNA, Science

The AncestryDNA science team presented the results of their latest research today at the Smithsonian Institute’s symposium on The African Diaspora in Washington D.C. Using unique proprietary DNA samples and a variety of statistical approaches, our science team has been able to separate West Africa into six separate population groups based on genetic data.  This… Read more