Noninvasive Sequencing of a Human Fetus

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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Genetics at the Thanksgiving Dinner Table

Thanksgiving -- it’s a time for friends, family and, of course, food. Thanks to modern science, we now know quite a lot about the foods that grace our holiday tables.  Over the last few years, scientists have worked hard to sequence many common Thanksgiving foods: turkeys, potatoes, corn, apples, wine ...

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More Fun with Neanderthals

In another example of how fascinated we are with Neanderthals — our ancient human ancestors — last week the Colbert Report featured British paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer. In a few minutes that were peppered with quips from Stephen Colbert, Stringer managed to explain a couple hundred thousand years of ...

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Another Hero in the Fight Against Parkinson’s

Another friend of 23andMe, Rich Clifford, the former NASA astronaut who has become a powerful voice for those with Parkinson’s, was recently featured on CNN. Always an inspiration, Rich spoke with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta about his life with Parkinson’s disease. A career military officer, he flew on the ...

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The Complex Genetic Architecture Underlying Human Differences

You’d be forgiven for assuming your height has nothing to do with the curl of your hair or how flexible you are, but physical traits can sometimes have unexpected connections. Last week at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics in San Francisco, 23andMe’s Principal Scientist and ...

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Expect the Unexpected: Rare Mutation Frequencies

23andMe’s genetic health reports cover 191 rare genetic mutations in addition to more common variants related to disease. While it’s relatively easy to learn about common variants, our knowledge of rare mutations traditionally has come from very small studies limited to specific populations, like French ...

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23andMe’s Presentations at ASHG

This week our scientists have been busy at the American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting in San Francisco. As promised we're putting up links to each of the posters that we presented at the meeting. It gives you a sense of the breadth and depth of 23andMe's research and our commitment to share our ...

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23andMe’s Uta Francke Lauded by ASHG

A big congratulations from everybody here at 23andMe to our Senior Medical Director Uta Francke, who’ll be picking up the William Allan Award from the American Society of Human Genetics in San Francisco this morning. A medical doctor and professor emeritus of Genetics and Pediatrics at Stanford University, ...

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Data on Personal Genetics at ASHG

There are a lot of pie charts, numerical tables and graphs on display this week at the American Society of Human Genetics in San Francisco, but one caught our eye Wednesday morning. It was a graph put up by Dr. Cinnamon Bloss of the Scripps Translational Science Institute. Scripps has been studying ...

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23andMe Studies the Genetics of Sexual Orientation

(Editor's note: Here's a link to Emily's poster presented at ASHG.) Earlier this year 23andMe began surveying its customers to study the genetics of sexual orientation. It is now the largest genome-wide association study of sexual orientation ever done. While our researchers have a strong scientific ...

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