Protecting People In People Powered Research

Most people know 23andMe empowers people to learn about themselves through their genetic information, but perhaps fewer know that a major part of our mission is to advance research. As the recent controversy involving a joint study published from Facebook and Cornell University on emotional contagion ...

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New Parkinson’s Findings Published

A large new study spearheaded by researchers with the National Institute on Aging that involved scientists from more than 50 different institutions worldwide — including 23andMe — has found new genetic risks for Parkinson’s disease. Published in this week’s Nature Genetics, the study is significant for ...

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Who Would Believe It?

If he hadn't known his story was true, Phil Silvers said even he would have a hard time believing it. “Who would believe it?” said Phil, a 72 year-old retired middle school social studies teacher in New York City. “If they put something like this in a television show no one would think something ...

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Birds of Feather

Adding more credence to the saying that “birds of a feather flock together” a new study published this week found that friends are as genetically similar as fourth cousins. The findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by researchers at U.C. San Diego and Yale found that friends are ...

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Breathless Over New Finding Using Ancient DNA

With one very important exception Tibetans and their Han Chinese neighbors are genetically very similar, but that one difference makes all the difference. In the breathlessly thin air of the Himalayas, Tibetans have a genetic variant that makes them keenly well adapted to living on the “roof of the world.” ...

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Where In the Kale?

There are red states and blue states in the United States, but there are also leafy green states and red meat states, according to 23andMe survey data. We’ve previously written about how traits vary by state, but one of our researchers, Emma Pierson, decided to look a little deeper at those ...

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Goooal!!!!!

While 23andMe’s Ancestry Composition can tell you where in the world your ancestors came from, it cannot yet tell you who you should root for in the World Cup match between France and Germany. 23andMe’s analysis of DNA uses reference populations to figure out where your ancestors lived back over 500 ...

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A “Bio Buzz” Interview with Anne Wojcicki

In San Diego at the annual Bio International Convention where she gave the keynote for a forum on personalized medicine, 23andMe CEO and Co-Founder Anne Wojcicki gave a short interview to Mike Huckman. Check it out here: ...

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Can I Call You Son?

David was 17 when a few words change him forever. His mother and father were having a bad patch and his mom had had a little bit too much to drink when she let something slip. She told David he was her favorite child and then slipped in something that it was “because she wasn’t sure if I was my ...

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Discussion On Faster Cures

(Editor's note: This post was edited from the original.) This week 23andMe CEO and co-founder Anne Wojcicki participated in a roundtable discussion held by the US House Energy and Commerce Committee to discuss a new initiative to accelerate the pace of cures and medical breakthroughs. Here is a recording of ...

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