23andMe Researcher Katie Huber

This is the first in an occasional series of profiles introducing you to the people behind 23andMe’s compelling research. Katie Huber is a scientist who spent years studying infectious diseases, like typhoid and anthrax. Here at 23andMe, she has the much less scary task of ensuring that our customers who ...

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Just The DNA Facts Generator, Ma’am

Being the geeks we are here at 23andMe, we are ever in a state of wonder by the science of genetics. Just the fact that you share 99.9 percent of your DNA with any other human and yet that tiny remaining percentage makes us each unique is enough to set us gazing at our own wonderwall. So we want to ...

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A Gift To Humanity

Here at 23andMe we have an interest in all things Neanderthal, so when none other than Svante Pääbo authored the book Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes we had to check it out. Professor Pääbo, the director of evolutionary genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in ...

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23andMe Helps Brother And Sister Connect

Leslie grew up with a family secret — somewhere out there she had a big brother named Michael, her father’s illegitimate son from before he married her mother. As a child, Leslie made this mysterious brother her imaginary friend. And as she grew older, she became determined that one day, she would find ...

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Lost Girls

In the best children’s stories the parents are done away with early on. Mom or dad — sometimes both of them — are dead and gone even before the opening “once upon a time.” It’s a plot device that helps the reader make an emotional connection with the characters. It also starts the arch of the ...

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More From SXSW #AskAnne

We can’t tell you the breakout bands or best films from this year’s South By Southwest, but we can tell you that new ideas around digital health — including 23andMe’s use of big data to power research — drove a lot of the most interesting discussions on the interactive side of the festival. 23andMe’s CEO ...

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23andÉire

Thank your lucky clovers because almost everyone in the 23andMe database is connected to someone who is Irish, and plenty of others have at least a wee bit of Irish ancestry. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, 23andMe researchers looked at the aggregated and anonymous data of our customers to determine just ...

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War Baby

In the early 1990s when he was on the cusp of turning 50, Paul Dodds didn’t have a midlife crisis, he had a midlife surprise. Paul learned that the man he thought was his father wasn’t. “It kind of made sense because although he was always there, he never bothered with me or my brother (he wasn’t his ...

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The Future of Genetics in People’s Lives

At her South-by-Southwest Interactive keynote, 23andMe CEO and co-founder Anne Wojcicki explained that genetic information will soon be part of our everyday lives. “Genetic information is reaching a critical mass,” Anne said. As costs drop and as our understanding of genetics improves, the ...

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Three Degrees of Separation At SXSW

For the tens of thousands of people at the South by Southwest conference in Austin this week, attending is about more than just seeing new music and hearing about new ideas, it’s about making new connections. But 23andMe researchers found that just about everybody there is already connected. In fact any ...

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