NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – 23andMe this week launched its African Ancestry Project that the company said it hopes will allow African-Americans to trace their ancestral heritage. 23andMe is looking for individuals with four grandparents from certain sub-Saharan African nations in order "to help others gain better insight into both their ancestry and health," it said.

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