California Law Would Extend Genetic Non-Discrimination Protections

UPDATE (9/7/2011) California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law civil rights protections in the state to prevent discrimination against people based on their genetic information. A new California law, awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature, would apply California’s broad anti-discriminatory protections to ...

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FDA to Hold Public Town Hall Discussion in San Francisco

In March earlier this year, 23andMe presented its views on possible federal regulation of the direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing industry at an Advisory Committee meeting convened by the FDA. We reiterated our belief that individuals have a right to access their own genetic information without physician ...

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Making Connections with Relative Finder

Not all the discoveries made on 23andMe are quite as profound as Neil Schwartzman finding his half-sister and mother, but even when 23andMe’s Relative Finder links distant cousins together those connections can still be electric. Gerald Lopez, a customer who found a fourth or fifth cousin and information ...

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Stories From 23andMe: James Larry Vick and the “Black Dutch” of Newman’s Ridge

It started innocently enough with a simple question from his daughter. “Where did our family come from?” (Image from Larry Vick's blog) For 20 years Larry Vick has been trying to answer that question. His first source was a chart drawn up by an uncle, but since then Vick has turned to old Census files, ...

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Stories From 23andMe: “I Wanted to Share My News”

Karen Durrett never expected a little spit would lead her to a father she never knew or help save her life. “I feel so blessed,” said the self-described “hippie mom” of three. “I had the chance to truly find out about my own origins and about who I am.” Karen (left) with her half-sister, who she found ...

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Stories From 23andMe: “Hey, Bro”

In May, Neil Schwartzman opened an email message from a complete stranger. “Hey,” it said. “I think you’re my brother.” Neil is one of now thousands of 23andMe users who’ve discovered family relationships they never knew they had. In June, we updated Relative Finder to make it easier to search for ...

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23andMe’s Third Publication Demonstrates Efficient Replication of Over 180 Genetic Associations

As we’ve mentioned here previously, science can be a slow process. Researchers spend a long time -- sometimes upward of five years -- gathering enough people with a particular disease to study, collecting samples and data from them, analyzing that data, and then publishing the results. Imagine if you had to ...

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My Father, Myelofibrosis, and Me

by Ashley Gould Vice President Corporate Development & Chief Legal Officer, 23andMe Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki created 23andMe based on a number of visions. They described one of these to me in early 2007, capturing my imagination and playing a large role in my decision to become a member of the ...

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Roots into the Future: A New 23andMe Research Initiative For African Americans

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTYFNwxl3Pw A recent article in Wired Magazine highlighted how the genome revolution has been skipping most people in the world: 96% of participants in recent genomic studies trace most of their ancestry to Europe. Why? Statistical analysis is simpler in groups tracing ...

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Controversial Longevity Paper Formally Retracted

Last summer, a study published in the journal Science on the genetics of human longevity made a splash when the authors claimed that they had identified a genetic signature that could predict with 77% accuracy whether someone would live past 100. The bold findings immediately came under fire from other ...

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