Published: September 22, 2020

Our recent update to myOrigins Version 3.0 has added to and refined our Overarching Populations and Population Clusters based on new research and new reference populations that have been collected and published since the myOrigins feature was first released in 2014. We’ve also improved the methodology behind the calculations we use to determine your results in order to make sure our ethnicity estimates are as accurate as they can be.

With this update, we’re going from just 24 populations to 90 populations, so that’s a big jump and a big change in the number of populations that your DNA might match.

  • For Africa, we’ve expanded from 4 reference populations with myOrigins Version 2.0 to 21 reference populations with myOrigins Version 3.0. 
  • For Asia and Oceania, we’ve expanded from 6 reference populations with myOrigins Version 2.0 to 33 reference populations with myOrigins Version 3.0.
  • For the Americas, we’ve expanded from 2 reference populations with myOrigins Version 2.0 to 9 reference populations with myOrigins Version 3.0. 
  • For Europe and the Middle East, we’ve expanded from 12 reference populations with myOrigins Version 2.0 to 27 reference populations with myOrigins Version 3.0. 

These new reference populations may have caused some of your Continental Regions to change or your percentages to fluctuate. This is due to how your DNA matches with these newly defined clusters. We understand that these changes can seem big; however, please keep in mind that these Population Clusters are meant to reflect regions rather than, often changing, geopolitical borders. For example, Europe has had a high rate of migration and admixture throughout history, tightly connecting many of the seemingly distinct regions. Today, nationalities are commonly understood as distinct genetic groups; however, nationalities and your myOrigins results are not one and the same.

Seeing your results change does not mean that they were incorrect before, but rather, that with more research and the addition of more reference populations we are able to paint a clearer picture of your genetic tapestry. As our database grows, we are able to gain a better understanding of the unique genetic variation for each of our reference populations and even add new reference populations to our existing regions. We will also share these advances with you and continue to refine your results.