A Most Amazing Gift

When Kelle Scott connected with some distant cousins on 23andMe she didn’t realize she’d also stumbled on the perfect gift for her mom — family. Kelle’s mom, Pat Nosko, was adopted, and never knew her biological parents. Kelle had originally used 23andMe just to find out a little bit about her ...

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New Research Published On Hernias

A new study has identified four locations in the genome associated with a risk for the most common type of hernia, offering researchers insight into the possible genetic mechanisms that make some people more likely than others to develop this painful condition. “Surgical repair of inguinal hernias is one ...

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Happy Holidays

Editor's note: Recently researchers at UC Davis sequenced the California sugar pine, which is endangered. A few years back they had done the same for the Douglas fir, and we wrote about it. We thought it worthwhile to run again for the holidays. Cheers! If you could just get your Christmas tree to spit ...

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Eyes Wide Open

Brothers from different mothers, John and Brian came together because of 23andMe. For John, 68, finding a half-brother was the last thing he expected. “I was shocked,” he said. John used 23andMe because he’s interested in science. Since his days in high school biology class, John has always been ...

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Olympic Search

Fast and sure on the ice, Olympic gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno was less sure about his ancestral background. Raised by a single father, who’d immigrated to the United States from Japan, Apolo didn’t know much about his mother’s side of the family. On a recent episode of the syndicated family history ...

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Preparing Students for the Genetics Frontier

When David Matthes teaches genetics to college freshmen using personal genomics, he sets his sights beyond effective instruction and beyond his classroom walls. He is trying to increase awareness and knowledge in a deeper way that prepares his students to actively engage in the “post genome” world. “I love ...

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Breaking Through A Brick Wall

The memory is fleeting but Josh Schultz remembers speaking to his father once. It was a phone call, and Josh was just a boy. He can’t conjure up everything his dad said, or what his voice was like. He just knows they talked. “I do remember my father said he was mailing me a Christmas present,” Josh ...

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IBD Awareness Week

Today marks the beginning of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Awareness Week, established by Congress in 2011 to bring attention to the condition that affects more than 1.5 million Americans. As part of that effort, we’ll be putting up a few IBD related posts this week. Last year, 23andMe partnered with ...

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How Lucky I Am

Of course he knew he was adopted but that only made Tony Mercer wonder more about what made him so tall, and his thumbs so stubby, and where he got his passion for playing the piano. “My adoptive family was very caring and supportive as I was growing up, but I never felt completely …integrated,” said Tony, a ...

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Happy Thanksgiving

This week families across the United States will be celebrating Thanksgiving with a sumptuous meal. We’ve created a video short looking at the DNA of the dinner table. Have a look. by 23andMe. From Visually. ...

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