I don’t know about you guys but I have always wanted to know more about my ancestors and where they came from. My mom always told my siblings and I that our ancestors were from Italy, but I’m not sure how much of that is true! Haha. So, about a month ago, a company reached out to me called 23andMe which offers a Health + Ancestry Service that examines your DNA to offer insights about your ancestry, health, and traits. The name ‘23andMe’ comes from the fact that human DNA is organized into 23 pairs of chromosomes. With that being said, Icaro and I were so eager to try it out and learn more about our background and traits!
You all know Icaro and I really want to have babies in a couple of years right? We thought it would be a great idea to learn more about each other’s health and genetic traits. I remember in school we had to do a family tree and put together an ancestor report, but I always struggled with it because my parents had little to no information about where our families were really from. Moreover, people often ask Icaro if he’s Middle Eastern, so we were really excited to learn about his family’s origins.
Once we received our reports, we were really surprised! My mom was partially right about our ancestor coming from Italy, my DNA is made up of 71.3% European with the largest percentage being Southern European, Iberian, Italian and Sardinian. Icaro’s DNA is 80.8% European where Iberian, Italian, and broadly Southern European are at the top of his ancestry the list. What I found super interesting too is that based on my genetics, I am more likely to drink slightly more caffeine than average. Check out our results below:
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