Anne and Linda Unveil 23andWe at D6

23andMe founders Anne Wojcicki (right) and Linda Avey on stage at D6 with hosts Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher This morning 23andMe founders Anne Wojcicki and Linda Avey unveiled our new research effort, 23andWe, at the sixth All Things Digital Conference in Carlsbad, California. 23andWe gives our ...

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SNPwatch: Alcohol Metabolism SNPs are Associated with a Decreased Risk for Cancer, but Only in Drinkers

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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Peopling of the Americas (Times Two)

Just when you thought everything was starting to make sense – new genetic research on the peopling of the Americas throws us a curve. There has been plenty of research in both genetics and archaeology recently trying to figure out how the New World was colonized. Was it by boat or via the frozen wasteland ...

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It’s Official: Bush signs GINA

President Bush has signed GINA, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, into law. The legislation, which passed Congress last month after languishing for more than a decade, will make it illegal for employers or health insurers to discriminate on the basis of genetics. Genetic information will still ...

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SNPWatch: Researchers Find SNP Associated with Diffuse-type Gastric Cancer

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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We’ll Take New York

Last week 23andMe founders Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki were interviewed at the second annual New Yorker Conference by Michael Specter, a staff writer for the magazine. The theme of the conference was "Stories from the Near Future," and boy, do we have some of those. You can watch the video here. ...

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23andMe at the Girl Scouts’ Golden Gate Bridging

Last weekend 23andMe participated in the Girl Scouts’ Golden Gate Bridging at Crissy Field in San Francisco. This annual event celebrates middle school girls who are graduating from Junior Girl Scouts to Cadette Girl Scouts. To symbolize this transition, the girls walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. More ...

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And the Winner Is …

Could this be Lilly Mendel? The judges have met and a winner has been chosen. In the first 23andMe Win Your Genome Contest, the challenge was to describe Lilly Mendel – a real person whose data are presented in the 23andMe demo account – based on her genetic information alone. As we declared in the ...

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It’s All About the Seaweed: New Theories on the Peopling of the Americas

One of the most exciting aspects of archaeology is how new research can alter previously held notions about prehistoric events. One of the most hotly debated of these events is the peopling of the Americas. Theories on the timing and specifics of the arrival of the first Americans are modified continuously ...

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Researchers Identify Function of SNP in Breast Cancer Susceptibility

Multiple studies have indicated that a SNP in the FGFR2 gene can increase the risk for breast cancer. Results published online this week in the open-access journal PLoS Biology show how. It turns out that the riskier version of this SNP increases the amount of the FGFR2 protein that is made by cells, ...

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