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In a Nov. 23 report by RT America, a team of scientist from the company 23andMe said its aim is to create a genetic database from the company’s customers and the public that will identify the cultural impact the transatlantic slave trade. had on Black people.

23andMe, African Ancestry, African Genealogy‎, Genetic Testing, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNIllustration | REBEKKA DUNLAP

23andMe, African Ancestry, African Genealogy‎, Genetic Testing, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

23andMe was founded to empower individuals and develop new ways of accelerating research. The members of 23andMe have come together because we believe in the combined potential of genetics and the Internet to have a significant, positive impact. These Core Values represent what motivates us at 23andMe.

We believe that having the means to access one’s genetic information is good.

For more than a century scientists have been learning how our genes help make us the way we are, operating in conjunction with diet, environment and other factors to influence aspects of our appearance, behavior, and physiology. Yet until now it has been impossible to see more than a tiny fragment of the DNA code that lies inside each of us.

At 23andMe we believe genetic research tools can and should be used to give us a deeper understanding of the role genes play in our individual lives. By tapping into advances in DNA analysis and offering education, tools, and expertise, we at 23andMe want to help others take a bold, informed step toward self-knowledge. We also hope to promote an open discussion of our values with the broader community, including not just our customers but also experts in science, medicine, and policy. (23andMe)