In The Field

ASHG 2008: Something I didn’t know about November

It’s family history month, explained Ed McCabe of UCLA, president elect of the American Society of Human Genetics. This was at a press conference announcing the society’s statement on ancestry testing, but he wasn’t advertising for direct-to-consumer testing companies. Rather he suggested that this Thanksgiving, we should take the time to ask our elders about where we came from. Learning about the cultural richness of family history, he said, is very different from knowing that your genes say your are 40% european, for example.

I think family history month is largely recognized as October, but it’s a nice sentiment, and I for one wish I had more people around to ask.


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