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23andMe Has a Problem When It Comes to Ancestry Reports for Non-Whites

August 26, 2016

(Quartz) – Note that the size of the European set (6421 individuals) is about 800% that of Asians, which is more than a little weird, since people of European descent only make up about 10-20% of the world population, whereas Asians make up some 40%. When I pointed this out to Mountain, she agreed it was a problem. “Absolutely. The truth is, this actually is from a couple of data sets frozen two to three years ago,” she said. “Our database has grown since then.”

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