Genome hacker uncovers largest-ever family tree

October 28, 2013

Nature, October 28, 2013

Gigantic genealogy linking 13 million people sheds light on how genes influence complex traits.

Using data pulled from online genealogy sites, a renowned ‘genome hacker’ has constructed what is likely the biggest family trees ever assembled. The researcher and his team now plan to use the data — including a single uber-pedigree comprising 13 million individuals, which stretches back to the fifteenth century — to analyse the inheritance of complex genetic traits, such as longevity and fertility.

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