October is not only the best month of the year (at least in my opinion), it is even more special because it is Family History Month!
National DNA Day commemorates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953. This year marks the 15th Anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project and is a day that many in the genealogy community look forward to. The DNA testing companies generally offer great discounts during the week, and it is a great opportunity to buy your first DNA test, or to stock up on kits to test family members.
Within a span of four days, New York and our nation mark two major historic events. Events that forever altered the history and culture of the city. The event that most individuals recall with reverence today is September 11th. The tragic day where two planes flew into the World Trade Towers causing their collapse and the deaths of thousands of people.
DNA is an amazing tool to determine your ancestry and verify or expand your family tree. But that specific genetic mix from one’s ancestry also plays a crucial role in finding matches for those needing life saving bone marrow transplants! Thank you to my dear friend, Elizabeth, for agreeing to share her story!
I was diagnosed with a blood cancer in May 2011, one month before my 36th birthday. As most people say, it was a shock for me to hear I had cancer; it was definitely not the diagnosis I was expecting when my doctor called me.
After several weeks of waiting, dear husband and I received the results of our AncestryDNA tests. There were a few interesting finds, but by in large it revealed what we thought it would.
“The greatest history book ever written is the one hidden in our DNA.” – Dr. Spencer Wells
I have long wanted to test my DNA, and that of my husbands, to see what clues and interesting discoveries we can learn. Continue reading “What’s in the DNA?”