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Editor's note 3/17: Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates wrote about Kasia's research and "hidden African ancestry" in the The Root. Check it out. Scientists have long used DNA to inform our understanding of big epochs of human change and migration. But what about the smaller changes, can DNA tell us ...

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23andMe DNA Day Essay Contest

(Editor's note: 23andMe has extended the deadline for the DNA Day Essay Contest to April, so if you haven't yet get your essay in.) Our growing understanding of genetics is reshaping medicine. Having familiarity with this rapidly advancing science will be crucial for those pursuing careers in ...

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A Secret No More

Libby is a geneticist for NOAA Fisheries, the federal agency responsible for the management and conservation of living marine resources. One of her responsibilities is to genotype endangered species of fish, tracking generations of families. That’s right, fish have families. They have pedigrees. The irony is, ...

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The Sporting Life

In honor of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, one of our computational biologists, Emma Pierson, took a look at aggregated de-identified data from 23andMe customers, focusing on associations between certain traits and participation in sports. Unfortunately, we have no data on curling, but Emma looked at a ...

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23andMe Helps Uncover Hidden Jewish Ancestry

When he was seven years old, Francisco Caravayo’s Puerto Rican grandmother told him a secret that he didn’t really grasp until decades later when he tested with 23andMe. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to finally have confirmation of my history,” Francisco said. When he tested with 23andMe, ...

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23andMe Couples Correlated

For Valentine’s Day, we analyzed data from 15,298 real-world couples who had children together and found that people paired with others who were more like themselves than they were different. Opposites, it turns out, may not attract after all. Partners don’t just tend to be about the same age, according ...

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23and Sleepless

For some of us up past midnight pecking away at the computer, apparently life is less than beautiful. As part of our research, 23andMe asks customers all sorts of questions. Some of those concern life satisfaction, but we also ask customers about the consistency of their earwax, the color of their hair, and ...

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What Patients Say Works For Depression

For the live-updated, fully-labelled, interactive version of this infographic, click here. By Alex Carmichael, Co-Founder of CureTogether The top treatments for depression are simple lifestyle changes, according to patients who contributed to a new study by CureTogether, a free resource owned by 23andMe ...

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23andMe Looks Back One More Time

In honor of the Chinese New Year, we’re taking one last look at the genetic milestones of 2013. From a Supreme Court ruling on patenting genes, to Angelina Jolie’s bold revelations about her genetic risk for breast cancer, to the FDA ordering 23andMe to stop offering health results pending a regulatory ...

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The Ties That Bind

Daniella had always pestered her father about details of their ancestry, but apart from a few bits and pieces he never gave her a clear picture of their family background. When he began his battle with terminal cancer, Daniella decided that it was time to learn more about their ancestry together using ...

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