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23andMe's Ancestry Composition reveals people's ancestral origins going back 500+ years
Date:12/13/2012

Mountain View, Calif. December 13, 2012 -- 23andMe, the leading personal genetics company, today announced the availability of Ancestry Composition, a new feature that provides state-of-the-art geographic illustration of an individual's ancestral origins. Using 22 reference populations, the feature indicates what percent of a person's ancestry comes from various regions around the world. The analysis includes DNA inherited from all ancestors on both sides of the family. The results reflect where an individual's ancestors lived going back approximately 500 years.

Ancestry Composition offers state-of-the art detail for people with European ancestry, breaking it out into several regions with the ability to identify distinct ancestral origins, such as: British and Irish, Scandinavian, Italian and Ashkenazi Jewish, among others. It also offers very accurate breakdowns for individuals of mixed ancestry, African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans.

With 23andMe's exclusive "Chromosome View," people can see their personal ancestry reflected segment-by-segment on each of their 23 pairs of chromosomes.

"23andMe continues to pioneer genetic genealogy with its new Ancestry Composition," said Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., host of the PBS program Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., author of 15 books and the director of Harvard's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. "Their groundbreaking features are built with scientific rigor but provide an enjoyable and easy-to-understand way for anyone to explore their ancestry. This feature makes tracing one's ancestral past through genetic makeup both fun and educational."

23andMe also enables people to see the specific ancestry inherited from each parent when at least one parent also uses the service.

"We've taken some recent developments in machine learning and applied those algorithms to genetics in a way that we believe sets new tec
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Contact: Jane E. Rubinstein
jrubinstein@rubenstein.com
212-843-8287
23andMe Inc.
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