Who I Am

Although his family had always told him they were of Mexican and Puerto Rican ancestry, David Aguilar never thought that truly captured who he was. “I always felt that I didn’t really fit into that particular category,” said David, a former ballet dancer who now works as an acrobat. As a 7 year-old ...

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A Conversation With 23andMe’s Arnab Chowdry

This interview is part of an occasional series of profiles introducing you to the people behind 23andMe’s compelling research. In his previous scientific life, Arnab Chowdry received a  SmileTrain grant for his work with Dr. Simeon Boyadjiev at the Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital to determine the ...

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Debate Around Informing Research Participants

This post comes to us from our friends at the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which has worked with us through our Parkinson’s Research Community. There are many different points of view on whether to inform research participants. For 23andMe our approach has always been to give customers and research participants ...

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Parallel Lives

Kathy Fisher’s life journey has taken her far from home, but she’s never been far from family, even if she didn’t know it. In an uncanny coincidence, 23andMe connected Kathy with an unknown cousin whose path had crossed hers multiple times in her life – from South Africa, to Botswana, to ...

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A Conversation with 23andMe Principal Scientist David Hinds

This interview is part of an occasional series of profiles introducing you to the people behind 23andMe’s compelling research. David Hinds spent nine years at Perlegen Sciences, where he was the lead analyst for Perlegen's genome-wide polymorphism discovery projects. He brings more than 15 years of experience ...

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Neanderthals And Modern Humans

BioCentury This Week has done a nice series of interviews with Svante Pääbo, the director of evolutionary genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, who was also the first to decode the Neanderthal genome. The interview is broken up into a series of short video ...

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23andMe Scientists Improve Methods For Finding Relatives

Two 23andMe scientists have improved a long-used method for detecting shared DNA segments that researchers use to study everything from whether two people are related, to human demography, and even the heritability of disease. The two computational biologists — Eric Durand, PhD and Cory McLean, PhD — ...

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A Conversation With 23andMe Researcher Chao Tian

This interview is part of an occasional series of profiles introducing you to the people behind 23andMe’s compelling research. Chao Tian is a statistical geneticist, who came to 23andMe after studying Genetics and Statistics at UC Davis and working for two other genetics startups in the Bay Area. At 23andMe, ...

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Maternal Connections

It’s no surprise that we inherit almost all of our traits from our parents, but 23andMe researchers found that more of those traits come from our mothers than our fathers. So as we near Mother’s Day we thought we’d highlight some of these findings and give you a few more reasons to thank your mom. It ...

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Some 23andMe Stories About Moms

Alice found her biological mom after decades of searching, so did Cody and PJ. We’ve heard from many customers about how 23andMe helped them find their mothers, learn more about the mothers they never knew or simply see in their own DNA some of the things their mother passed on to them. Here are a few ...

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