AncestryDNA reconstructs partial genome of 19th century man

December 16, 2014 10:22 PM

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AncestryDNA reconstructs partial genome of 19th century man

David Speegle lived with his two successive spouses – Winifred Crawford and Nancy Garren – in 19th century Alabama. Between his two wives, Speegle had about 30 children and over 100 grandchildren. While many tiny details about Speegle’s day-to-day life have been lost over time, new light has been shed on the specifics of his genetic history thanks to research conducted by AncestryDNA, which is owned by Ancestry.com. It would have been inconceivable for Speegle to wrap his mind around the fact that two centuries after his death, AncestryDNA would reconstruct an unprecedented amount of his human genome – his DNA – and in the process, make great strides in consumer genetics’ ability to offer a clearer window to peoples’ family histories.

AncestryDNA derived 150,000 DNA Circles – a feature available to the company’s customers that connects people descended from a common ancestor through their genetic information — from collecting over 500,000 DNA samples and 60 million family trees through Ancestry.com. One of the shared ancestors of...

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