Boy. South Carolina. 1963.

It wasn’t a wish, but on many of his birthdays, Lenny Scovel would take a minute and imagine the thoughts of a woman he’d never met. “I would wonder if my mother was out there somewhere thinking about me, perhaps saying, ‘Oh it’s my son’s birthday today,’” said Lenny, 52. Adopted as a baby, he never ...

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A Note to Educators from 23andMe’s Anne Wojcicki

Making genetics education fun and accessible has been core to our mission since we launched in 2007.   Understanding our genome is possibly the most exciting scientific discovery of our lifetime and it is a scientific experience we should all be able to enjoy and participate in.   At 23andMe we believe anyone ...

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A New 23andMe Experience

23andMe made some news today, with the launch of a new experience for customers that includes the first and only direct-to-consumer genetic service that meets U.S. FDA standards. We invested nearly two years of work conducting extensive user testing, working with regulators, scientists, physicians, and top ...

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23andSee

Packed tightly into each of your 23 pairs of chromosomes are long strands of DNA that are busting with information about you. Unlocking that library of information can tell you a lot about yourself. We’ve created a visualization that offers you a peek into what you can learn by exploring your own ...

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Richard Scheller Named to National Academy of Medicine

Growing up 23andMe’s chief science officer Richard Scheller, Ph.D., had classmates in his elementary school, who wanted to be a firemen, police officers and astronauts. Richard always wanted to be a scientist. “My classmates had posters of rock bands or cars on the walls in their bedrooms,” he said. “I ...

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New Eczema Findings Published

In what is by far the largest genome wide association study on the common skin condition eczema, researchers led by a team at the University of Bristol in the UK, have identified new genetic variants associated with the ailment, as well as new evidence that the condition is strongly associated with some ...

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Mapping It Out

DNA has been described as both a recipe for life and a record of it, and computational biologist John Novembre — who recently received a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” for his work — is showing just how powerful melding those two elements together can be for scientists. Novembre, who we first ...

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What a difference two years makes?

We've been busy over the last two years, and it shows. Forbes writer Matthew Herper has a nice take on what we've been up to and where 23andMe is at in the regulatory process. He also does a balanced job of explaining what prompted the FDA to send a warning letter to 23andMe in the first place. Early ...

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Nobody’s Perfect

Everybody makes mistakes, and that goes all the way down to the molecular level. This week, three scientists working on their own over the last four decades were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their contributions to our understanding of how those mistakes happen and how our cells repair the ...

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Patients Perspective on Parkinson’s Disease

As federal regulators listened, patients told them of their symptoms — the sleepless nights, the days with uncontrollable tremors or the little struggles simply maintaining their balance. Some of those with Parkinson’s who spoke at the special U.S. Food and Drug Administration meeting in late ...

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