Genetic Genealogy On The NBC Nightly News

DNA Last week the NBC Nightly News had a three-part special series “Who We Are: The Truth About DNA.

The first video, “Genealogy for Sale” (although it is spelled ‘geneology’!!), is a report from chief science correspondent Robert Bazell. Bazell follows a couple who experience genetic genealogy for the first time. He mentions the use of online websites and databases, including Sorenson and Genetree. In the two minutes of the piece, Bazell does a decent job of highlighting some of the benefits and limitations of genetic genealogy. Just below this video on the main page is a ‘web exclusive’ that continues the couple’s story a bit further.

The second video and third videos are interesting, but are not directly related to genetic genealogy. For anyone that might be interested in more, the Truth About DNA page at MSNBC has a number of interesting links and stories.

Here is the video of the first (genetic genealogy) segment:

And here is the extra follow-up segment:

More discussion at Eye on DNA.

Blaine Bettinger

Intellectual property attorney, genealogist, and author of The Genetic Genealogist since 2007


  1. Genetic genealogy is set to get a lot more news coverage in the future as more people switch on to it. Robert Bazell does a great job of explaining it to the lay person.

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