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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A Conversation With 23andMe Researcher Matthew McIntyre

This interview is part of an occasional series of profiles introducing you to the people behind 23andMe’s compelling research. Matthew McIntyre got hooked on genetics during an anthropology class that introduced him to evolutionary theories about human behavior. He went on to study biological anthropology and ...

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The Power of One

23andMe’s research is unique in that it enlists the participation of  customers to power scientific breakthroughs. 23andMe can quickly gather data on a broad range of topics from a large pool of people to help make discoveries about various conditions and traits. This can often be done much faster than ...

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Searching For Her Roots

In her 30 years of searching Perline Porter had to chase down rumors, uncover lies and overcome false assumptions, but in the end she discovered the truth. “I finally know where I came from,” said Perline, a 58 year-old retired computer tech. “I found my biological father and family.” The searching — ...

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DNA Day Essay Contest Winners

It wasn’t easy, but we’ve chosen the top three entries in our first ever DNA Day student essay contest. Below are excerpts from the winners with links to the full essays. We hope this contest marks the beginning of a robust conversation about the future of genetics in medicine among those who participate ...

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Animated Genome Film Unveiled By The Smithsonian

23andMe is a big fan of the exhibit Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code, put together by the National Human Genome Research Institute’s and Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. It’s a fantastic primer on genetics, but the team has added something new that is bound to dazzle you. Today, on DNA Day, ...

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