Meeting At the Crossroads

A skull found in a previously undisturbed cave in Israel may hold important new evidence not just about when modern humans migrated out of Africa, but also when and where they crossed paths and may have mixed with our ancient cousins, the Neanderthals, according to a paper published last month by scientists ...

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Jess’s Story

Jessica has a black and white photo of her grandfather, Phil, standing next to her great grandfather, Sam. In the photo, both father and son are staring into the camera and smiling. Phil, in a white t-shirt with his hair slicked back, towers over his dad and has a pretty distinctive chin dimple and big ...

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Blonde on Blonder

Scientists haven’t agreed on whether blondes indeed have more fun, but at least there is some consensus on what makes their hair blond. 23andMe scientists looking at the biology behind hair color found three genetic variants already known to be strongly associated with having golden locks among 23andMe ...

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The Genetics of Motion Sickness

If a bumpy ride in the back of a car makes you nauseated, blame it on your genetics, according to the first ever genome-wide association study on motion sickness done by researchers at 23andMe. Motion sickness is extremely common. One in three of us is highly susceptible to it, and the condition is very ...

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No, I’m Not Irish

So where did that red hair come from? by Kasia Bryc, 23andMe Population Geneticist Most people who see my unruly wild red hair often assume I must be Irish. I’m not. As a first generation immigrant from Poland, I don’t have any ancestors from Ireland. Yes, really, just take a look at my 23andMe ...

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Drug Development’s Long And Winding Road

Before a medicine reaches pharmacy shelves, it goes through extensive and rigorous evaluation to prove it is safe and effective. We want to shed some light on a few of the steps involved in drug development and highlight how the work being done by 23andMe with the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Study can help ...

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Let’s Talk

The author Christine Kenneally — who wrote the wonderful book The Invisible History of the Human Race — graciously agreed to participate in a Twitter chat we are hosting on January 21st at 4pm EST. Her book had some delightful insights into how our DNA, our personal history and our environment shape us. ...

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I Found Them

In the fading black-and-white photo Diane Silberman Berger is about four years old and walking next to her mother along a sidewalk in downtown Spokane. Taken by a street photographer in the late 1930s, the picture shows Diane holding tightly to her mother’s hand as they talk. It’s one of the few reminders ...

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23andMe’s Recent Research Collaborations

This week 23andMe announced a collaboration with Pfizer Inc, allowing researchers with the drug maker to leverage 23andMe’s unique platform to conduct genome-wide associations studies, surveys and clinical trial recruitment. The news follows a collaboration begun over the summer between 23andMe and Pfizer ...

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A Note To Our Customers About The New Year

By Anne Wojcicki I’m excited about 2015! We are starting the New Year with new customers around the world, new research collaborations and many employees working diligently on our FDA submission. As CEOs do, I look into the future to make sure we are working towards our mission: to help people access, ...

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