Archives for 2016

The Gift

The stories all start the same — with a 23andMe kit given at Christmas — but then they follow their own fascinating narratives that are as unique as the customers who share them with us. Almost daily we hear from people who’ve learned something new about themselves or their families using 23andMe. Some of ...

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O Christmas Tree

Editor’s note: We first wrote about the Christmas Tree genome a few years ago,  but it's worth another look.  There is some real interesting science around sequencing various conifers, like the Loblolly pine, the Norway spruce, and  California sugar pine, which is endangered. While pines only have 12 ...

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Genetics Education And The One And Only Me

23andMe again turned to Ariana Killoran to complete its newest book, The One And Only Me, which communicates the complicated and important science of genetics in a way that kids can understand. This is the second children’s book on genetics by Ariana, an illustrator who has worked with the company since its ...

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Holiday Party Genetics

Some of the dos and don’t of your annual office holiday party should be kind of obvious — don’t hit on your boss and maybe take it easy on the spiked punch — but knowing how your DNA influences how your body responds to alcohol or sweets might help you navigate the pitfalls of this year’s ...

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Meet Your Chromosome Painting

Editor's note: The images in this post have been updated after Sarah's results were phased against her parents. Sarah Laskey, 23andMe Product Scientist The Chromosome Painting is one of my favorite parts of the 23andMe experience because it is packed with information. Then again, it can also be a little ...

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Tracing Back to Africa

DNA extracted from bones at a burial site in a rocky valley on a remote island in the South Atlantic could hold important information for those with ancestral roots in Africa. A fascinating article in Nature, describes work led by Hannes Schroeder to make that connection. Schroeder, a researcher at the ...

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Whoa Nelly

If Lisa hadn’t used 23andMe, it’s hard to imagine how she would have ever known about Nelly. Lisa hadn’t been searching for her. When she tested with 23andMe, Lisa was mostly just curious about the science of personal genetics. “I was fascinated that the technology had advanced so far so quickly, and ...

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Genetics found to influence personality and psychological disorders

New research has found genetic markers linking schizophrenia with personality traits for the first time, shedding new light on the shared genetic influences for personality and psychological disorders. The findings, published in Nature Genetics, are consistent with research in recent decades showing that ...

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Sharing and Protecting Your Genetic Information

By James Rathmell, 23andMe Privacy Fellow Our mission at 23andMe is to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. One way we do this is by giving community members the ability to connect with distant and close genetic relatives with our sharing tools. We have two main tools you can use ...

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Know Your Family Health History

When managing your own health, it helps to know your history, or more specifically your family health history. You don’t just inherit your good looks from your parents or those who came before you. Sometimes, serious health conditions are passed down through the generations. Both common and rare diseases ...

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