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Roots into the Future: Be part of a 10,000 person movement to power genetic research for African Americans

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Little is known about the connection between DNA and disease in African Americans. With your help, 23andMe can counter this trend. Roots into the Future will increase understanding of how DNA plays a role in health and wellness, especially for diseases more common in the African-American community.

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How You Benefit

To join, you must

  1. Identify as African American, Black, or of African descent
  2. Be at least 18 years of age
  3. Have access to the Internet
  4. Provide a saliva sample
  5. Be willing to complete online surveys about your health


“This research initiative presents a tremendous opportunity for African Americans to learn essential information about themselves, their families, and their ancestry.”

– Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,
W.E.B. Du Bois Institute,
Harvard University

“Roots into the Future is a ground breaking initiative and will enable African Americans to play an active role in revolutionizing medical research.”

– Dr. Rick Kittles,
Institute of Human Genetics,
University of Illinois, Chicago

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