We're All Related. The (Big) Data Proves It
Tuesday, March 17
11:00AM - 12:00PM
110 E 2nd St
The science behind leading personal genetics company, 23andMe, confirms our relatedness. Using big data from their database of 850,000 - the largest DNA ancestry service in the world - customers have the opportunity to discover dozens or even hundreds of people who share DNA and ancestors.
Inspired by his 23andMe experience, New York Times Bestselling author and journalist, AJ Jacobs, is trying to meet ALL his cousins in person by orchestrating the world's biggest and most inclusive family reunion in history. The Global Family Reunion endeavors to prove that all humans are related to encourage greater acceptance and tolerance.
23andMe and AJ will discuss how everyone's related and why it’s important to understand our human connections -- they’ll dive into the data with a dash of humor.
Author of The Year of Living Biblically. Organizer of the http://globalfamilyreunion.com . Your cousin.
Sr Dir of Research
Joanna joined 23andMe in 2007 as a senior member of the Research Team. She served on the faculties of the Anthropological Sciences and Genetics Departments at Stanford University. Dr. Mountain’s pr...Show the rest
Joanna joined 23andMe in 2007 as a senior member of the Research Team. She served on the faculties of the Anthropological Sciences and Genetics Departments at Stanford University. Dr. Mountain’s professional and research interests include the patterns of genetic etiology across a broad range of human traits, the prehistory underlying human genetic diversity, and the nature of the relationship between genetic diversity and categories of race and ethnicity. Joanna has been awarded multiple grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health and has published over 40 papers in the field of human genetics. Dr. Mountain earned a PhD in Genetics and a BS in Mathematical Sciences, both from Stanford, and conducted postdoctoral research on human evolutionary genetics at the University of California, Berkeley.Hide the rest
Katarzyna ("Kasia") Bryc is a Population Geneticist at 23andMe. Dr. Bryc has developed statistical models that leverage genetic data to learn about ancient human history and migrations, recent popu...Show the rest
Katarzyna ("Kasia") Bryc is a Population Geneticist at 23andMe. Dr. Bryc has developed statistical models that leverage genetic data to learn about ancient human history and migrations, recent population admixture and other forces shaping the human genome. Her prior research illuminated the genetic population structure of Africans, and the complex admixture of African Americans and Hispanic/Latino populations. Dr. Bryc received a B.A. from Stanford University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Biometry at Cornell under Dr. Carlos Bustamante. Prior to joining 23andMe, she was a NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School with Dr. David Reich, where she developed statistical methods to infer genetic diversity from sequence data.Hide the rest