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MyHeritage DNA Test for Genealogy

MyHeritage has launched MyHeritage DNA, a home testing kit for consumer genealogy testing. The kit consists of a cheek swab that is mailed to MyHeritage's lab for analysis. The user is then invited to view the results on the company's website.

In its initial version, the test provides two main features: detailed ethnicity reports that map the user's ethnic and geographic origins, and DNA matches for finding relatives. Additional features and capabilities are planned for the future. The initial reports currently include 25 ethnicities, but this will improve following MyHeritage's Founder Population project. In this project, the company picked more than 5,000 participants from its 85 million members, by virtue of their family trees exemplifying consistent ancestry from the same region or ethnicity for many generations. In the next few months, the project will yield a rich DNA data set of more than 100 ethnicities that will enable MyHeritage to show users their ancestral roots with far greater resolution than other services, the company said.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.