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

Ancestry.com Employee Honored with Women Tech Award

Posted by Melissa Garrett on October 3, 2013 in Inside our Offices, Science

Recently, Catherine Ball, VP of Genomics and Bioinformatics for AncestryDNA was announced as a winner for the Women Tech Awards, presented by the Women Tech Council, under the Trailblazer category. The award recognizes technology-focused women who are driving innovation, influencing technology companies, and are passionate about the community.  Other award winners came from companies such… 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

How Ancestry.com Practices Agile to Solve Challenges with Consumer DNA Testing

Posted by Aaron Ling on August 29, 2013 in Agile, Big Data, Science, Technical Management

A typical web application starts with a blank page. Then in further sprints, you can add features to it. (I sound like one of your Agile coaches, don’t I?) But in reality, the business needs you to deliver more value than a blank page. So, how can you quantify the minimum value you are delivering… Read more

2013 WITI Summit – Where Tech Is Going Video

Posted by Melissa Garrett on August 17, 2013 in DNA, Science, Technology Conferences

Recently, Ancestry.com Vice President of Genomics and Bioinformatics, Cathy Ball, participated in a panel discussion at WITI’s Women Powering Technology Summit where executives from leading tech companies shared thoughts on the future of where technology is going.  The session was moderated by Liz Gannes of AllThingsD and included executives from Qualcomm, CA Technologies, EMC, and… Read more

The Science Team at AncestryDNA

Posted by Julie Granka on August 2, 2013 in Science

If we already had all the answers, there wouldn’t be any more science to do. Pie charts and percentages tell AncestryDNA customers the story of where their ancestors probably lived, and lists of DNA matches help them to find living relatives and expand their family trees.  Behind those results are terabytes of data, years of… Read more