Education Webinar

History in Your DNA: The Complex Genetic Portrait of the U.S.

Explore the history hidden in our DNA with Dr. Kasia Bryc, lead author of the 2014 study, The Genetic Ancestry of African Americans, Latinos and European Americans Across the United States, which analyzed the 23andMe database* in order to shed light on the ancestral differences of today’s Americans. Register to view the webinar and learn about:

  • Patterns of inheritance of different types of DNA (mtDNA, autosomes and sex chromosomes)
  • Differences in genetic admixture of groups across the U.S.
  • The relationship between self-identified and genetic ancestry among Americans

This webinar is intended for educators, post-secondary students and all life-long learners curious about genetics.

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About the speaker

Kasia Bryc, Senior Scientist, Population Genetics

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.

*Data was contributed by 23andMe customers who provided informed consent to take part in this research under a protocol approved by the AAHRPP-accredited institutional review board, Ethical and Independent Review Services.