23andMe Improves Reports for Caribbean and Latin American Customers

23andMe announced has released a new feature called “Recent Ancestry in the Americas” for customers with ancestry from Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. This is part of 23andMe’s ongoing efforts to deliver a more intuitive and comprehensive 23andMe Ancestry Composition Report.

This new feature enables these customers to explore their heritage in a more recent timeframe – following the mixing of historically separate populations that occurred in the Americas over the last few hundred years.

In addition, customers with an ancestry from Jamaica, Haiti, and 10 other countries in the Caribbean may see an exciting new level of detail about places their ancestors may have lived, in the form of more granular maps. Over time, these maps will continuously update to reflect the growing size and diversity of 23andMe’s database.

In each of the three new reports, customers will see a brief genetic history of the region, a map highlighting sub-country regions where 23andMe has found evidence of their recent ancestry, and educational content to provide additional scientific and historical context.

23andMe also includes short stories that provide a sampling of aesthetics, flavors, and traditions that may inspire customers to connect with aspects of their heritage. 23andMe encourages customers to contribute ideas for future stories by leaving feedback at the link included in each Ancestry Detail Report.

23andMe says the “Recent Ancestry in the America’s” should be complementary to your Ancestry Composition percentages, and both results together should help you build a more complete understanding of your ancestry and how it may have changed over time.

Recently added Ancestry in the America’s countries include the following Caribbean countries: Antigua and Barbados, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago. More Caribbean countries, as well as countries in Mexico and Central America, and South America, will be added later.

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