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Google’s life-extension spinoff teamed up with Ancestry to study 54 million family trees — and learned that a surprising factor helps determine how long we live

Genealogy and DNA site Ancestry once partnered with Google’s stealthy life-extension spinoff, a company called Calico, to study the genetics of longevity. The new study suggests that our genes play less of a role in how long we live than previously believed. Instead, traits and behaviours that include everything from […]
Google’s life-extension spinoff teamed up with Ancestry to study 54 million family trees — and learned that a surprising factor helps determine how long we live
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Is marrying your cousin actually dangerous?

Do babies born between two cousins actually have a higher chance of having birth defects? Understanding basic genetic principles will help with this question. Following is a transcript of the video. What did Queen Victoria, Charles Darwin, and Albert Einstein have in common? They all married their first cousins. You’d […]
Is marrying your cousin actually dangerous?
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The surprising thing I learned from testing my DNA

So, as it turns out, I’m not Australian. Well, that’s not completely true. I was born here but my genetics tell another story. While my grandparents, like many other Australians, were born overseas — making me part-Kiwi and part-Irish — I always thought of myself as a “born and bred” […]
The surprising thing I learned from testing my DNA