23andPrivacy: Your Data and Law Enforcement

By Kate Black and Zerina Curevac* Since our founding a decade ago, 23andMe has only received requests from law enforcement for information regarding five of our more than 1.2 million customers. In each of these cases, 23andMe successfully resisted the request and protected our customers’ data from release to ...

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A Need To Know

On Mother’s Day last year, Robin Butler’s children gave her 23andMe as a gift, not knowing that it would change all their lives. “I thought it would be fun to learn about my genome,” Robin said. But testing ultimately revealed something no one knew — the man she thought was her biological father, ...

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Uta’s Cover

A big congratulations to Uta Franke, a member of our scientific advisory board and our former senior medical director, appearing on the cover of the American Journal of Human Genetics. A medical doctor and professor emerita of Genetics and Pediatrics at Stanford University, Uta joined 23andMe first as a ...

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Unibrows And The Study of Human Variation

Frida Kahlo accented her unibrow, while the late Soviet leader Leonard Brezhnev presumably didn’t care about his, and neither of them knew anything about the genetics behind what gave them their distinctive bushy brows. A new study by researchers at the University College London identified some of the ...

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Deep Healing

An accomplished scientist and businessman, Stephen Levine has spent his whole life searching. That restlessness is driven by a quest that is both emotional and intellectual, a desire to learn more about the world around him and himself. It was also driven by what he calls a deep emotional trauma. But that ...

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Something We Can Agree On

There’s a lot to like about the Precision Medicine Initiative launched last year, but we were particularly heartened to hear President Obama recently make clear that enlisting patients as partners will ensure it works. At a White House forum held on Thursday, President Obama said patients own their data, ...

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Ending a Legacy of Hate

Listening to Wendy Spencer’s decades-long search for her biological father, the improbability of finding him, and then her shock after learning about the legacy of hatred he inherited from his own father, one would forgive Wendy if she decided to forget she ever found him. But Wendy thought that ...

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Blast from the Past

The ability to extract and then sequence ancient DNA, not just from ancient human bones, but also from the bones of our ancient cousins the Neanderthals, is upending old notions of human migration and history. The latest in a rapid succession of new findings suggests that intermixing between Neanderthals ...

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The Lasting Legacy of Neanderthals

New research by scientists at Vanderbilt University adds to our understanding of the legacy of our ancient cousins, the Neanderthals. The study looked specifically at health conditions, finding associations between Neanderthal DNA and conditions related to immune response, blood clotting, and depression by ...

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Citizen Science

Perhaps the stories are so interesting because they seem so improbable — tales of ordinary people faced with devastating genetic diseases grabbing a hold of their destiny, doing their own scientific research and making important discoveries. A recent account featured on This American Life by David Epstein, ...

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