Scott and I both had nearly 1000 DNA cousins. Some even as close as 2nd and 3rd degree. Now came the part of figuring out how I was related to so many people. Fun, fun, fun!
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
DNA has always interested me, but I didn't know that much about it. Most of what I read was related to Y Dna, which is passed down from father to son. After becoming obsessed with the PBS program "Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr." and watching the "23andMe" commercials over and over again asking if I knew how much Neanderthal I was, I decided to take the plunge. I prepared myself in advance for what I might find out. Scott and I sent our our precious DNA (spit) through the mail. Then, the long wait began for our Autosomal DNA results. As the weeks went by, the more excited I became. I filled out our 23andMe family trees and answered oodles of health related surveys. Finally, the big day arrived! After six weeks of waiting, I found out that I am 100% European and 3.1 percent of my DNA is Neanderthal. Wow! I am in the 96th percentile among European users!