Do biological relatives have the same genetic ancestry results?

For many people, the holidays are a time when relatives—including those distant cousins you’re not sure if you’re actually related to—come together in celebration. And whether it’s around the dinner table or the Festivus pole,...

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This holiday season, give yourself the gift of understanding

The holidays are nearly here, and gift-shopping season is in full swing. But even if you’ve already checked off everyone on your list, there still might be someone you’ve forgotten: you! Getting ready for the...

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So, you’ve discovered where your ancestors lived. What’s next?

There can be a tempered excitement that comes over a person when they’re about to see their genetic ancestry test results. On the one hand, you know that there’s a limit to how much these...

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Family history: The original “genetic test”

Before we knew about the significance of DNA, we knew about genetic diseases and that some people could inherit them. In those days, DNA sequencing wasn’t an option, so scientists relied on another method of...

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How might the sweet potato rewrite human history?

Thanksgiving is a holiday full of great foods, great smells, and a whole lot of history. There’s your family history—family stories, health, ancestry—and then there’s the history right in front of you, hiding on the...

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What is insulin? Learn how DNA can contribute to certain types of diabetes

It’s a delicate relationship we have with sugar. On the one hand, sugars are full of energy that our bodies need (in fact, our brains get energy almost exclusively from it). But too much sugar...

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Why the Helix DNA Discovery Kit makes the perfect gift

Indecision. It’s a scary word during the holiday season, and most of us are all too familiar with it. What do we get Grandma? Our cousin who lives out east? Our BFF from college? And...

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