Video: AncestryDNA Reconstructs Partial Genome of Person Living 200 Years Ago

Imagine if you could go back in time and see your ancestors. Would you see a part of yourself in one of them?

Genetics is starting to answer questions about what a long ago ancestor may have looked like and the specific traits they passed down to you.

In the video below, learn how AncestryDNA genetic scientists have pushed the boundaries of human genome reconstruction methods using science and technology to marry the past with the present. By using genetic material of people living today, AncestryDNA has reassembled pieces of the human genome from a man named David Speegle and his successive spouses Winifred Crawford and Nancy Garren who lived in the early 1800’s Alabama.

It feels like science fiction, but it is very much a reality and only the beginning.

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