The first 23andMe reports are coming in and I am finally finding out a bit about my heritage. According to 23andme I am mostly British, Irish, French and German.
23andMe, Inc. is the leading personal genetics company. Founded in 2006 by Linda Avey, Paul Cusenza, and Anne Wojcicki, the mission of the company is to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. 23andMe has more than one million customers worldwide, with over 80 percent consented to participate in research.
Here is the ancestry report that was generated from my DNA.
This is the first step in finding out about who I am and where my heritage lies. I was adopted in 1959, born in 1957, my adopting family loved me and wasn’t interested in finding out about my birth parents. Now that I am getting older I have become interested in finding anything I can about my personal history. I tried to find out who my birth parents are however since I as born in New York, the records were sealed and are not available for me to see.
23andMe offers additional insights by collecting big data on its over 1 million participants. More than 80% have opted in. So far 23andMe claims to have collected 320 million survey responses they call ‘phenotypic data points.’
Here is information on my Haplogroup:
Maternal haplogroups are families of mitochondrial DNA types that all trace back to a single mutation at a specific place and time. By looking at the geographic distribution of mtDNA types, we learn how our ancient female ancestors migrated throughout the world.
Age: more than 40,000 years
Region: Europe, Near East, Central Asia
Paternal haplogroups are families of Y chromosomes that all trace back to a single mutation at a specific place and time. By looking at the geographic distribution of these related lineages, we learn how our ancient male ancestors migrated throughout the world.
R1b1b2a1a1 is a subgroup of R1b1b2, which branches from R1b.
Age: 17,000 years
Other reports include Sleep Movement, Facial Features, Hair, Physical Characteristics, Physical Responses, Skin, Taste and Smell, Neanderthal Ancestry, Muscle Composition, genetic disorder results and much, much more. Very interesting and well worth the expense in my opinion.