It is a modern marvel that we can receive reports on our ancestry with some cash and some spit: 23&Me and lead the charge in these efforts. Using variable regions of our DNA, these companies have optimized software to estimate what populations we might have descended from. Some companies also offer information on various traits or characteristics including quirky features such as whether we have an increased risk of tasting cilantro as soap.

There are many other companies that perform DNA testing and these fall into two different formats: some require users to send in their saliva samples so…

Layla Katiraee

NGS product dev scientist in CA. Director at SciMoms (

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