Invisible History

In her wonderful book, “The Invisible History of the Human Race,” writer and journalist Christine Kenneally conveys how your life is part of a thread of life that extends both backward and forward in time. “We live in a temporal envelope,” Kenneally writes. “For most of us the horizon extends forward maybe ...

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Ten percent inspiration, ninety percent perspiration (and sixty percent genetics)

By Robin Smith In his 2008 bestseller Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell argued anecdotally that when it came to success, intelligence isn't everything. A study published this month in the journal PNAS found just that – by looking at the heritability of academic performance of teenagers on set of British ...

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A Conversation with Health Content Scientist Robert Borkowski

This interview is part of an occasional series of profiles introducing you to the people behind 23andMe’s content curation team. This team of 23andMe scientists has the unique job of determining which genetic associations will be reported to customers. Their rigorous process of combing through scientific ...

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The Most Exciting Time in Science

There are grand visions about what genetic discoveries will be made in the distant future, but what about in the next five years. That was the question Dr. Eric Green, the director of the National Genome Research Institute, asked of 23andMe's CEO and co-founder Anne Wojcicki. Anne recently participated ...

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A Conversation with Health Product Scientists Bertram Koelsch

This interview is part of an occasional series of profiles introducing you to the people behind 23andMe’s content curation team. This team of 23andMe scientists has the unique job of determining which genetic associations will be reported to customers. Their rigorous process of combing through scientific ...

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Not Everyone is Expected to Stay

A few weeks ago Vox did a piece about a 23andMe customer, who at 50 found his biological sister and his mother using the service. He’d been adopted. His sister never knew her mother had had a son that she put up for adoption. Their initial meeting was joyous, which we wrote about, but in the ensuing years ...

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Pfizer’s Director of Precision Medicine, Dr. Kenneth Eugene Hung

This summer 23andMe launched a new research initiative to study Inflammatory Bowel Disease. 23andMe has the good fortune to be collaborating with Pfizer on this study. Pfizer brings a wealth of experience and a great team of scientists to help in this work. Among those is Pfizer’s director of precision ...

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All In The Family

By A.J. Jacobs I’d always wanted a big family. A few years ago, I got a huge one. After receiving my results back from 23andMe, I discovered I had more than a thousand genetic cousins in their database. This prompted the question: What could I do with all these new relatives? My answer: Maybe it’d be ...

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Science On the Beach

From studies that explain how 23andMe’s massive database can accelerate the targeting and development of disease-fighting drugs, to DNA research which uncovers the legacy of dynamic mixing in the New World over the last 500 years, 23andMe will again put its best science forward at the annual meeting of the ...

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Genetics Image Contest

If you haven’t already, there’s still time to submit entries in 23andMe’s first “Genetics Image Contest.” We're extending the deadline to get your entries in so you really have no excuse not to send in something. We are also expanding who is eligible to enter, allowing all US residents who are 18 and older ...

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