Sample files

Sample DNA data files are real genetic data files that are publically available.

This includes sample files from people that are currently alive as well as ancient genetic data that researchers have discovered, such as caveman DNA.

Please note: As of 2019, sample files are only accessible to our bioinformatics and laboratory partners. Sample files can no longer be used with apps.

NPR clip about Ugg, the 45,000-year-old caveman genome

(one of the sample genomes you can use with any of our apps)

Sample genomes

HomerPretty fly for a white guyMaleCaucasian (American)
MargeWise white woman and mother of threeFemaleCaucasian (American)
BartEl Barto is 10 and the son of Homer and MargeMaleCaucasian (American)
LisaSuper smart 8 year old daughter of Homer and MargeFemaleCaucasian (American)
MaggiePacifier loving baby daughter of Homer and MargeFemaleCaucasian (American)
VitoThe GodfatherMaleCaucasian (Italian)
GenghisMongolian warriorMaleMongolian
Bā shí bāLucky and very prosperous Chinese manMaleChinese (Han)
BlokeAussie extreme sports championMaleCaucasian (Australian)
SheilaHip chick from the Outback (Australia… not the steakhouse)FemaleCaucasian (Australian)
ObaPowerful African KingMaleAfrican (Yoruba)
AtiamAfrican Princess and heroic leaderFemaleAfrican (Dinka)
UggCaveman that lived 45,000 years agoMaleAncient Homo Sapien
PebblesCavewoman that lived 38,000 years agoFemaleNeanderthal
LinkDenisovan girl that lived 80,000 years ago (extinct human-like species)FemaleDenisovan
Craig VenterA maverick and pioneer of modern day geneticsMaleCaucasian (American)
James WatsonCo-discoverer of the double helix structure of DNAMaleCaucasian (American)
Gene XWho is Gene X?MaleCaucasian (American)

*The DNA datasets for Ugg, Pebbles, and Link are from an actual caveman, Neanderthal woman, and Denisovan girl (respectively). Their DNA was extracted from frozen bones discovered by scientists.

Scientists, however, haven’t yet acquired the actual genetic data for Homer Simpson but we’ve made a close match. Homer’s sample file is the genome of a white dude from Utah who is married with children. Although their names have been changed, Marge is his actual wife’s genome and their three children’s genomes are the sample files for Bart, Lisa, and Maggie.

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