Tag: DNA Relatives

Coming Home

The best things take time, or at least that’s one way of looking at why Jonathan Hay waited so long to meet his biological mother in person. “I’ve been avoiding it for two years out of fear,” said Jonathan, a music producer and publicist. But the fear evaporated when the two finally met in ...

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A Wish Comes True

Maria Biskie spent her life searching. Born in the Philippines in 1973, she never knew her father. In her lowest moments, she’d longed to have him by her side. That day came earlier this year, after testing with 23andMe. “There were a lot of times in my life which were very rough and very hard for me,” ...

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The Gift

The stories all start the same — with a 23andMe kit given at Christmas — but then they follow their own fascinating narratives that are as unique as the customers who share them with us. Almost daily we hear from people who’ve learned something new about themselves or their families using 23andMe. Some of ...

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Meet Your Chromosome Painting

Editor's note: The images in this post have been updated after Sarah's results were phased against her parents. Sarah Laskey, 23andMe Product Scientist The Chromosome Painting is one of my favorite parts of the 23andMe experience because it is packed with information. Then again, it can also be a little ...

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Whoa Nelly

If Lisa hadn’t used 23andMe, it’s hard to imagine how she would have ever known about Nelly. Lisa hadn’t been searching for her. When she tested with 23andMe, Lisa was mostly just curious about the science of personal genetics. “I was fascinated that the technology had advanced so far so quickly, and ...

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Sharing and Protecting Your Genetic Information

By James Rathmell, 23andMe Privacy Fellow Our mission at 23andMe is to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. One way we do this is by giving community members the ability to connect with distant and close genetic relatives with our sharing tools. We have two main tools you can use ...

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Reinventing The Way We See Family

I love family. Modern families. Blended families. Adopted families. And, DNA families. Over the last ten years, I’ve seen the ancestry part of our genetic service change lives. Every day I watch people connect with their DNA family, and see how the concept of family can evolve into something greater — ...

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Drama in the Family

After she retired from teaching theater at a Florida college, Julia Gagne’s life took on its own unexpected dramatic arc. Although she’d been adopted at birth more than 65 years ago, Julia hadn’t spent much time searching for her biological family. When she tested with 23andMe a few years ago, it was more ...

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Our Three Fathers

As a wedding planner, Wendy Wojcik pays close attention to even the smallest of details, yet in her own life she always ignored one big one — the identity of her biological father. That all changed recently. Upon reaching her 50th birthday and mourning the loss of her mother, Wendy realized she wanted to ...

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Bridging A Family’s Racial Divide

Maria felt conflicted. Here she was celebrating her parents’ 63rd wedding anniversary, and the last thing she wanted to do was upset her elderly mother. But on the flipside she had to ask her. Maria now knew her mother’s secret, a secret that brought up many questions, serious questions. Maria wanted to ...

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