Happy DNA Day! Once a year, the scientific community takes time out to recognize some amazing achievements in DNA science. Two keystone events are the discovery of the DNA double helix structure in 1953 by Francis Crick and James Watson and the declaration 50 years later, in 2003, that the Human Genome Project was complete…well, close to complete. Only a few small gaps still remain in sequencing and mapping the entire human genome.
We have some additional reasons to celebrate on DNA Day 2013. Our science team has been hard at work on some breakthroughs of their own that we hope to share later this year. They include an update to the DNA ethnicity predictions available to all AncestryDNA customers, even those who have already taken the test.
AncestryDNA is growing fast
As part of our DNA celebrations, we’d like to share some exciting accomplishments AncestryDNA has made with the support of our members in the past year.
- AncestryDNA has grown its database to more than 120,000 DNA samples since the product’s BETA launch in May 2012.
- 7.7 million ancestors are now available to discover through family trees linked to DNA results.
- More than 3.3 million fourth-cousin DNA matches have been surfaced to customers, meaning they potentially share an ancestor in the mid-1800s.
- Over 1 million people have been connected to each other by AncestryDNA, along with a shared ancestor identified from Ancestry.com family trees. This represents the perfect culmination of DNA science and family history research.
How you can celebrate DNA Day.
Take the AncestryDNA test. Start exploring your family story in your own DNA.
Learn how DNA and family history come together. Check out this recent blog post that discusses how DNA works and some of the challenges we are constantly working on to advance the science.
See what others have discovered using AncestryDNA.
Watch how Katie Couric and AncestryDNA bring an adopted son and mother together after 41 years for a heartfelt reunion.
Learn about powerful discoveries from AncestryDNA customer Renee who confirms some old family stories—and discovers a few new ones.
Show your friends how science savvy you are by sharing this post, inviting them to learn more about DNA Day.