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In the last post of the DNA Basics series we described the structure of DNA. To summarize briefly: DNA is the instruction manual to each of us. Nucleotides are the letters; Sets of three consecutive nucleotides called codons are the words; Groups of codons called genes are the sentences; and, Chromosomes are complete volumes of the 23-volume manual — one edition of which is inherited from each parent.

MyHeritage is all about family. That’s what we do. Whether it’s making it possible for our global members to research their family trees, or to learn more about themselves via DNA, it is all about family. But when we use DNA to reconnect families – that’s what makes us so proud. One of our amazing stories has won a prestigious Emmy news award for “Finding Mom,” by reporter Bob Buckley of Fox 8 WGHP in North Carolina.

Now that MyHeritage DNA has surpassed one million people in the DNA database — we’re releasing a fun and original feature based on aggregated, anonymous ethnicity data from our users. The new feature, Ethnicities around the world, allows you to explore the most common ethnicities in different countries, and the top countries for each ethnicity, according to data from users who have purchased the MyHeritage DNA kit or uploaded DNA data to MyHeritage.

Four hosts on the TV morning show Good Morning Britain, took a MyHeritage DNA test. MyHeritage was invited on to the show to reveal the hosts’ results, and to discuss their ethnic origins and family histories. The hosts were inspired and surprised by their results. Watch their reactions in the video below: What is the most shocking thing you have learned from your MyHeritage DNA test? Let us know in the comments below.

MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet reveals his personal history in honor of this year’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day, in memory of his ancestors who were victims of one of the most tragic human experiences this world has ever witnessed. Read his story below. Last year, I wrote a post on Facebook dedicated to the memory of my paternal family members from the Patt/Japhet family who perished in the Holocaust.

“Aida’s Secrets” is a touching documentary that tells the true story of two brothers separated as young children in post-World War II Europe. They hadn’t seen one another in 65 years — until MyHeritage reunited them! New York Times Critics’ Pick “Aida’s Secrets” is now available for digital download on iTunes and Amazon. Izak Szewelewicz was born in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp after WWII.

Many of us hunger for information about our ancestors’ lives. Perhaps we have clues about where they lived and what they did, but we want to know more about their lives. Why and how did they make those decisions that would impact future generations? A MyHeritage user from Brazil had this question. She wanted to learn more about her great-grandparents when they lived in the US.

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