Climate Adaptations by Early Humans May Influence Disease Risk Today

Modern lifestyles are often blamed for diseases such as obesity, high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes. But from an evolutionary standpoint those ailments may have roots in a lifestyle change that occurred tens of thousands of years ago, when humans first left balmy Africa for more northerly ...

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Tales of 23andMe

Do you finally understand why you love milk and hate bourbon? Or vice versa? Have you discovered that you have ancestors in a part of the world you never expected? Have any of you downloaded your data? What did you do with it? Inquiring minds want to know. Now that 23andMe has been in business for ...

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Try This at Home, But Only if You Must

We don't necessarily condone this kind of behavior, but 23andMe customer Andrew Meyer has challenged the world to a spitting contest. In this video on his blog, BUZZYEAH, Andrew produces the 2.5 milliliter (about a half-teaspoon) saliva sample required by 23andMe in 146 seconds. He claims this is a world ...

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Fireworks on the Beach: AGBT Marco Island 2008

There were fireworks on the beach at Marco Island, Fla., Thursday night, where 575 genome experts had gathered to discuss serious progress in genomics at the annual Advances in Genome Biology and Technology conference. I last saw fireworks at a genomics conference in 2000. Back then, euphoria around the ...

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SNPwatch: Prostate Cancer Redux

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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Why Mutations are Good

If you think mutations are just sinister events that create human flies and gigantic man-eating ants, you're living in a '50s B-movie. Though they sometimes cause big problems for the organisms who acquire or inherit them, mutations are actually the engine of evolution. Without them, life as we know it could ...

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Spitting Images

Rate cuts, market meltdowns and global warming may have ruled the day at this year's World Economic Forum – but spitting ruled the night. Every evening in Davos scholars, celebs and politicos swarmed around our booth in a hallway of the main conference hotel, where 23andMe offered WEF attendees a free look ...

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SNPwatch:Shuffling SNPs Have Opposite Effect in Men and Women

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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SNPwatch: Why You Gave Your Parents a Hard Time Growing Up

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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Nature Genetics Editorial: When Customers Become Collaborators

An editorial in the February issue of Nature Genetics makes a number of excellent points about the potential that personal genomics services such as 23andMe have to directly engage the public in research, not just as subjects but as collaborators. 23andMe was founded in part to harness the natural ...

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