Lone Frank’s “Beautiful Genome”

Lone Frank, the award-winning Danish science writer, claims to be shy, but I don’t believe her. There’s nothing reserved about exposing yourself as she’s done in her entertaining and enlightening new book My Beautiful Genome: Discovering Our Genetic Future One Quirk at a Time. (Oneworld Publications, ...

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Our Hidden African Ancestry

Update: A post at the blog Your Genetic Genealogist just went up with a very similar story to mine. Check it out.   It was just a few thin green segments on my fourth and seventh chromosomes that sent me searching. I wanted to know more about my family history. I pestered my mom with questions ...

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SNPwatch: Factors Influencing Permanent Tooth Development

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will not. Those customers will have ...

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SNPWatch: Genetic Variation Influences How We Respond to Reinforcement

By Bethann Hromatka   Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will ...

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23andMe Traces Two Women’s Ancestry on Anderson Cooper’s New Show

More than two decades ago, on opposite sides of the country, two babies were cast away with slim chances of surviving. “Miraculous Mary,” as she was called then, was found along a California highway wrapped in a towel and stuffed into a brown paper bag, while “Baby Jane Doe” was found in a box with the trash ...

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McFly’s Shoes to Help Fight Parkinson’s

Even though they aren't self-lacing and don't come with a hoverboard, the limited-production Nike Mags — Marty McFly’s fly shoes from the 1989 movie Back to the Future II — are still flying off the shelves as part of the company’s effort to raise money for Parkinson’s disease research. Since September 8th ...

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Let’s Talk About Sex… in GWAS

By Bethann Hromatka The saying “men are from Mars, women are from Venus,” may have originated from personality differences between the sexes, but it also rings true for complex diseases that affect one sex more than the other. For instance, the prevalence of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid ...

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SNPwatch: Researchers Investigate Shared Genetic Factors for Autoimmune Diseases

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will not. Those customers will have ...

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California Governor Signs Law to Protect Against Genetic Discrimination

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law civil rights protections to prevent discrimination against people based on their genetic information. Authored by State Sen. Alex Padilla, the California law the use of genetic information to discriminate against a person in housing, employment, education, ...

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SNPwatch: New Associations Found for Multiple Sclerosis

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will not. Those customers will have ...

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