Past DNA Day Essays Reveal Student Misconceptions About Genetics

For many people, the first and last place they will ever study genetics is high school biology class. So it is crucial that these classes prepare people to deal with the barrage of genetic advancements that are increasingly impacting everyday life. Unfortunately, many high school biology courses are not ...

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DNA Day Essay Contest 2009

Even though there are still 152 days to go until DNA Day 2009, it’s never too early for high school students to start thinking about next year’s essay contest. The deadline for teachers to submit the top three essays from their classes is March 16, 2009. Rules and questions are posted on the ASHG ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Linked to Drinking Intensity in Alcoholics

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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23andMe Community Now Includes User-to-User Messaging

Yesterday the 23andMe team launched the much-requested user-to-user communication feature, which will allow you to exchange messages directly with your 23andMe connections and other searchable community members. Here's how it works: To send a message, simply visit a person's Member Profile page by ...

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An Unpredictable Plot: The Debut of a New Ancestry Feature

You've heard the family legends — or maybe you haven't. Now 23andMe has a new ancestry feature that can show you what your genes have to say about where your ancestors originated. This new feature, called Global Similarity: Advanced, shows you which populations from around the world you are genetically ...

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Diabetes Risk and Genetics: Keep Getting Those Checkups and Watch Your Weight

Recent genetic discoveries have taught researchers a lot about type 2 diabetes, and identified particular genetic variants that can influence a person's risk of developing the condition. But two studies published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine conclude that genetic information still pales ...

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A Family that Lived Together and Died Together

About 4,600 years ago, in northern Germany, a small village buried 13 of its residents.  The deceased ranged in age from less than a year to nearly 60 years old and were buried in pairs or small groups. And virtually all of them had suffered violent, probably painful deaths.  Because the majority of the ...

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23andMe Scientists Offer Solution to Apparent Mutation Rate Discrepancy

This guest post is by Brenna Henn, a doctoral student in Stanford University's Department of Anthropology and a 23andMe consultant. Brenna studies human evolution using genetic information. Her interests include the origin of modern humans, migration patterns among African groups, and genetic models of ...

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African American Roots: What Genetics Can Reveal

Because their ancestors often were slaves during the 18th and 19th centuries, and therefore usually lacked birth or death certificates, it is very difficult for African American genealogists to trace their ancestors further than a few generations. Even when they can trace their ancestry to the slavery era, it ...

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Very Personalized Medicine: Genetically Customized Bone Marrow Transplant May Have Eradicated Patient’s HIV

In a way, organ transplantation is the one branch of medicine that has already been personalized, because doctors must carefully match the immune systems of donor and recipient to prevent rejection. Now transplant physicians in Germany have taken that procedure a step further by engineering not just a ...

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