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History Written In Our DNA

In a new study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, 23andMe population geneticist Kasia Bryc created a first-of-its-kind genetic portrait of the United States. The study offers a detailed look at how the ancestry make-up of self-identified African Americans, Latinos and European Americans ...

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Study Says Genetics May Play Larger Role in ALS

A new study suggests that genetics plays a much bigger role in ALS than previously thought. Past estimates said genetics accounts for about 10 percent of cases, but a new study by researchers at Cedars-Sinai and Washington University in St. Louis suggest that as many as one in three cases of ALS can be ...

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Everyone’s A Winner

Last month we announced the three winners in 23andMe’s first-ever Genetics Image Contest, but we felt like everyone came out ahead by helping to bridge the gap in genetics education. On top of giving out awards to individual winners, 23andMe also gave out stipends to the three schools with the highest ...

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Newborns And Sequencing

A new study from researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital, found that most prospective parents they surveyed would like to have their newborns sequenced for medical conditions and disorders. “Several other studies have measured parents’ interest in newborn genomic ...

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King Richard’s Bones

Drawing on DNA analysis, genealogy and archeology, scientists at the University of Leicester, who unearthed 500-year-old royal bones found under a municipal car park, have definitively identified the remains as King Richard III. In their recently published findings, the team determined that the bones are ...

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Recognized For Excellence

Uta Francke, 23andMe’s science advisory board member and our former Senior Medical Director, added another in a long list of accolades when the Association for Molecular Pathology lauded her in early November. The association recognized Uta for her lifetime of achievement at its annual meeting held this ...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Your genetics can tell you a lot about yourself, even the food you eat. As Americans prepared for their Thanksgiving feasts, 23andMe is taking a look at the genetics behind some of what's on the table. by 23andMe. ...

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A New Kind of Family Portrait

It’s that time of year when family photos start arriving on holiday cards from relatives across the country. Why don’t you do something different this year and create a new kind of family portrait? Make an image that illustrates the traits and ancestry you share with your family that are revealed in your ...

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Putting It Together

Liz Kellner loves puzzles, but piecing together the hardest one of her life required a little help from 23andMe. “This was the first time I was one of the pieces,” said the 48 year-old entrepreneurship specialist. Abandoned as an infant, Liz said her origins were always a mystery to her. She’d been ...

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Auschwitz Survivor Finding Family

We’ve heard some incredible stories from 23andMe’s customers, but Menachem Bodner’s brought us to the edge of our seats. A Holocaust survivor, Menachem has been searching for his twin brother, ever since the two were separated in Auschwitz when they both were only four. Although his search is not yet ...

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