I Hate Cilantro

For years I believed that every Mexican restaurant my family took me to had some kind of problem with their dishwashing machine. Why else would the food always taste like soap? No one around me seemed to notice, so I just assumed that everyone else liked the taste of dirty dishwater in their ...

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The Olympic Games and Genes

Just two weeks before the scheduled start of the Beijing Olympics, a German film crew caught a Chinese doctor on film offering to give athletes stem cell treatments to enhance their performance. The reporter has since refused to identify the doctor on the tape and China has vehemently denied the ...

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The Origins of Pastoralism in Africa: What do the Genes Say

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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Meet the 23andMe Team: Brian Hawthorne

Brian spends his days deep within the heart of the 23andMe web infrastructure. He is a software engineer with long experience in the biomedical field, having previously supported pharmacogenomics and brain imaging endeavors. In addition to being ready and willing to automate himself out of a job, Brian is ...

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Needles in a Haystack

Even as the genetic studies on schizophrenia released this week illustrate our progress toward the ultimate goal of personalized medicine, they also bring to mind the challenges that still lie ahead. All three studies focus on identifying the genetic bases of schizophrenia, a mental disorder characterized by ...

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Gene Wikiality

Two years ago Stephen Colbert, host of the news-parody show, "The Colbert Report" coined the word "wikiality" to describe a reality defined by the majority. "Nation, it’s time we used the power of our numbers for a real internet revolution," Colbert told his audience. "Together we can create a reality that ...

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Meet the 23andMe Team: Cary Kempston

Cary, a software engineer at 23andMe, works on a wide variety of systems, from processing raw data from the lab to working on the customer-facing website. Most of the site is developed in Python on top of MySQL and Apache, all running on Linux. Cary has mostly worked on the backend of the website, and most ...

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SNPwatch: New Associations May Offer Insight into Restless Legs Syndrome

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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The Origin of Farming in Europe: A View from the Y Chromosome

This guest post is by Roy King, who is a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and a research colleague of Stanford geneticist and 23andMe scientific adviser Peter Underhill. Roy and Peter have been using genetics to trace the spread of agriculture from the Near East to Europe. The question of ...

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Victor McKusick: 1921-2008

"Sometimes I feel like Sir James Murray must have felt while he was grubbing away at writing the Oxford English Dictionary," the Washington Post once quoted Victor McKusick as saying. "He managed to complete the first 17 letters before he died." When McKusick, University Professor of Medical Genetics at ...

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