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010 - Samantha Esselmann

By Tomas Reyes

Samantha Esselmann is a content & curation scientist at the genotyping company, 23andMe, where she works on the Ancestry team. Samantha joined 23andMe late in 2017. As a content scientist on the team, Samantha works closely with 23andMe's population geneticists and content writers to craft an engaging (and educational!) product experience. Samantha became passionate about science communication during her Neuroscience PhD at the University of California, San Francisco, where she also captained the UCSF Science Policy Group. In 2016, she served as the BRCA Foundation's Multimedia Science Communications Coordinator, where she produced a podcast series highlighting a diversity of experiences related to hereditary forms of cancer." Today we talk genetic composition, ancestry, and how sometimes, when you want to find someone, instead of going through Facebook or google searches, you can simply take a look into the oldest text on Earth, your DNA. That’s how I found my long lost second and third cousins through 23andme, and visited them in Santa Barbara, California. Errata: "People who have two copies of hereditary hemochromatosis variants have between 2%-36% risk for developing the disease based on a number of factors. It is one of 23andMe's Genetic Health Risk reports."

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