These Are a Few of My Favorite SNPs

The author tries not to laugh. We at 23andMe are often asked, what's the most interesting thing you've learned from your awesome service? I love all 78 (and counting!) of our Gene Journal (now called Health and Traits) articles equally, but there are some I love a bit more equally. Here's my top six, ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Common in African Americans May Influence Susceptibility to HIV

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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I’m No Neanderthal, and Neither Are You

(Ed: Newer research suggests that Homo sapiens and Neanderthals did in fact interbreed. On average, two to four percent of DNA in present-day humans who trace their ancestry from Europe or Asia comes from our Neanderthal cousins. 23andMe customers can check out their own Neanderthal ancestry here! -- ...

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Team23andMe Competes in the LIVESTRONG Challenge

One of the best parts about working at 23andMe is being surrounded by people who are active and love taking on new challenges. We exercise together regularly and are always looking for new ways to contribute to our community, so we recently decided it was time to take on our first race. We chose the ...

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Meet the 23andMe Team: Denali Lumma

Denali is responsible for 'quality assurance' at 23andMe. She is a software engineer obsessed with producing software that works, in all cases, at all times. After years of writing buggy software, debugging it, and adding more bugs, a-hem 'features', she finally decided it was time to start writing correct ...

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Capitol Hill, Health IT, and a movie

Yesterday 23andMe co-founder Linda Avey and I spent a muggy day on Capitol Hill, meeting with the staff of various senators and representatives, and thanking them for passing the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA). Most of them had never heard of 23andMe, so we took the time to explain what we ...

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The family that spits together…

You’ve always known that you have your dad’s curly hair, your mother’s eyes, and your grandmother’s coloring. But now that you’ve got your data back from 23andMe, you find yourself wondering whose side of the family the wet ear wax comes from (everyone denies having it), as well as whom to thank for the ...

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Food, Drink and Genomes

Around here, “Can you smell asparagus in your pee?” is totally appropriate party conversation. And “I’m U5a1*” is what people say instead of “I’m a Sagittarius.” We heard all this and more last night at the first-ever 23andMe User Gathering – a chance for the 23andMe community to get together, mingle, and ...

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23andMe goes to Washington

Though it might be hard to believe, at 23andMe we do more than just extract DNA from strawberries and run a world-class Personal Genome Service. We also advocate on important issues of genetic policy. On July 10-13, members of 23andMe will be in Washington, D.C. for the annual Genetic Alliance ...

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The Path to Personalized Healthcare in Step with Regulatory Oversight

The California Department of Public Health has made headlines in the past few weeks with its effort to rein in direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies. We were one of 13 companies who received a cease-and-desist letter from the department, to which we’ve responded (more on that here). We agree that ...

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