30    Aug 20141 comment

Our Stories: Genetics leads to genealogy

Some people begin with traditional family history and turn to genetics to find more connections, but MyHeritage member Peggy Shackelford, 64, of Southern California began her geneajourney to understand the genetics in her family.

She has two grown daughters and three dogs. She holds a BS in computer and management sciences and works as a business intelligence developer. Although born just outside Chicago (in Hammond, Indiana), Peggy grew up in northern California. Her work involves analytical research and developing business intelligence software.

Peggy and her family at a recent family gathering. Peggy is center back in the peach color.

About 30 years ago she started the journey to discover her family roots. Armed only with some family stories she began her research. It was very hard going back then, she says. There was very little available online and most of her research involved sifting through microfilms of census records to find people and clues. Continue reading "Our Stories: Genetics leads to genealogy" »

7    Feb 20130 comments

MyHeritage offers major discounts on DNA tests for genealogy

In February 2012, MyHeritage introduced DNA testing for genealogy. And now, to celebrate the first anniversary, we're providing significant discounts to make DNA tests more affordable for all our users.

The discounts are available for a limited period, so now's your best chance to get a DNA test and take your family history research to the next level.

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21    Nov 20113 comments

“Kindness” Gene Discovered

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It is always interesting to find studies like these.

It seems that we are increasingly keen to understand how humans act and how we interact with our family, our friends, strangers and even our animals.

We stumbled upon an interesting article on Yahoo News , which says that scientists at the University of Oregon have found that  "kindness" could be caused by certain genetic traits and that those traits are recognizable to outsiders at a glance.

"Our findings suggest even slight genetic variation may have tangible impact on people's behavior, and that these behavioral differences are quickly noticed by others," said lead author Aleksandr Kogan, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto.

The study observed a group of people who had different types of genes (G, AA, AG, GG) in the rs53576 DNA sequence of oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR). This is interesting as oxytocin is sometimes called the “love hormone” as it promotes closer links with other people and other social behaviours.

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4    Oct 20111 comment

Video: Building a Family Tree for Humanity!

Today we're posting a remarkable video from the clever people over at TED. TED is a a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing paradigm shifting content from inspirational speakers.

Spencer Wells, over this 20 minute talk, demonstrates how to extend genealogy far beyond the usual boundaries. In essence, the geneticist demonstrates how the earliest origins of human ancestry can be examined through the usage of DNA techniques. He has some truly fascinating conclusions:

2    Aug 20100 comments

How the Kangaroo’s Jumping Genes Are Helping Us Learn More About Ourselves

Wired magazine posted an article a couple of days ago stating that “the kangaroo’s twisted marsupial family tree is now in order thanks to jumping genes”.

Now by jumping genes we don’t mean the genes that help make the kangaroo jump.

Rather, jumping genes are genes that reproduce then insert themselves into the chromosomes at new locations. As a result, these jumping genes create mutations in the DNA that can then go on to create new branches of family trees.

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6    Jul 20104 comments

Genetic Test Pinpoints Origins ‘To Within 5 Miles’

If tracing ancestors through DNA wasn’t futuristic enough already, genetic technology for genealogy is set to get even better.
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