Archives for 2013

Introducing Tales from the Genome on Udacity

By Matthew Cook, PhD Udacity Instructor Get excited! After months of planning and production, Udacity and 23andMe are launching a new genetics course, Tales from the Genome, that will be ready and open to the world on Monday, September 30th. The rapid pace of technological development is making ...

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An Ocean of Hope For MPN Research

Editor's note: This post has been edited from its original to reflect changes in 23andMe's product. We’re posting a story about one of the participants in 23andMe’s MPN Research Initiative to bring attention to these rare diseases. September is National Blood Cancer Awareness Month, and today is MPN ...

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The Keeper Of Memory

Mike Lattimore felt a mix of anxiety and dread about visiting Africa, so fraught it was with the scars of slavery. But standing on the shores of what is known as the “Slave River” near the Cape Coast of Ghana, where men and women were once bathed before they were sold into slavery, Mike felt a sense of ...

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Behind the Scenes With 23andMe

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

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Smithsonian Exhibit In The News

Back in June we told you about an awesome new exhibit at the Smithsonian “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code.”  Maybe you didn’t want to take our word on it, but how about The New York Times. Last week the paper of record had a nice overview of the exhibit, which goes a long way to up visitors genetic literacy ...

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Exercise Can Modify DNA in Fat Cells

By Sheel Dandekar Not convinced that those trips to the gym are making a difference?  Think again. In a recent study in PloS Genetics, researchers from Lund University in Sweden found that exercising can change how the DNA in fat cells works. With the growing number of links found between genetics and ...

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NBC Medical Editor Gets To Know Her Genome

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

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Connecting With The Past

Editor's note: Alice dropped us a line to update us on her story. "23andme has helped me AGAIN with my ongoing search! If you'll remember I'm adopted and found my bio mom via information I got from the 23andme test - but when I found my bio dad, it turns out HE was adopted too! Now I am on the trail of my ...

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What Women Say Works Best for PMS

By Alexandra Carmichael, Co-Founder of CureTogether Some of the most effective treatments for women with symptoms from Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), are also some of the simplest. CureTogether — a free resource owned by 23andMe that allows people to share information about their health and treatments — ...

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SNPwatch: The Genetics of Adolescent Growth Spurts

By Alison Chubb We've all known teenagers who grow several inches in a year, and then start bumping into people and furniture as they figure out what to do with their big feet and long arms. The growth spurt that happens during adolescence can account for up to 20 percent of one's final height, and we know ...

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