People love finding out that they have a famous relative, or they’re descended from royalty. Thanks to genetic testing services like 23AndMe, it’s easy to send your spit away and get a rundown of your potentially regal DNA. But being related to long-ago kings doesn’t make us special—it just makes us human.
By using data culled from genealogy websites, computational biologist Yaniv Erlich has put together some of the largest family trees ever seen, including a single pedigree comprising 13 million individuals — some of whom date back 500 years.
What happens if you let a genome hacker—a kind of computer scientist-turned-biologist—loose on the world's online genealogy sites? The world's biggest family tree is what, which shows how over 13 million people are related.