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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 dete...

Ancestry partnered with Google's life-extension spinoff and discovered that our genes play less of a role in how long we live than previously thought.
Common last names have specific origin stories.

10 of the most common last names in the world and the fascinating origins behind them

Why are some last names so popular? Here's the history behind some of the most common last names in the world.

DNA-testing companies like 23andMe sell your genetic data to drugmakers and other Silicon Valley startups

DNA-testing company 23andMe made headlines last week when it announced that it would share consumers' anonymized genetic data with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. Companies like 23andMe frequently share your DNA data with "third parties."

A collaboration between Google’s secretive life-extension spinoff and popular genetics company Ancestry has quietly ended

Calico, Google's stealth life extension spinoff, used DNA data from popular consumer genetics and genealogy company Ancestry for studies on aging and longevity beginning in 2015. No published research has come from the project so far, and now it has quietly ended.

Angelina Jolie shed light on a genetic mutation tied to breast cancer risk — now 23andMe will test you for it, but scientists are worried

The genetics company 23andMe recently got FDA approval to add information on breast-cancer risk in its test. But the results could be dangerously misleading.
Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. host of "Finding Your Roots."

The host of PBS’ ‘Finding Your Roots’ explains how he traces family trees for celebrities

According to Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. it can take anywhere from a couple of months to a year to trace one family tree on "Finding Your Roots."