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The Neanderthal in All of Us

Yes you are thoroughly evolved, but don’t be too smug about it because almost all of us are a little Neanderthal, which you can see using 23andMe. First, it’s worth learning a bit of background. Neanderthals are an extinct species of human who died out around 30,000 years ago, but not before leaving a ...

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Fragile Bones and Genetics

A large new study spearheaded by researchers at Montreal’s McGill University found a rare genetic variant with a large impact on bone mineral density and the propensity for some people to fracture bones more easily than others. This study — a meta-analysis that pooled data from 27 different cohorts ...

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Hello Cousin

Scientists have unearthed a trove of bones in a South African cave belonging to a previously unidentified early human relative. Found in the “Rising Star Cave,” the new species has been dubbed homo naledi — naledi is the Sosetho word for star — and fills in more detail about the story of human ...

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Strangers No More

Blurring the line between stranger and relation, the artist Laurel Nakadate used DNA testing to connect to hundreds of cousins who she photographed for a series of arresting portraits. The photos, all taken outdoors, at night with the subjects alone and lit by only a flashlight, convey both intimacy ...

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Allergies And The Hygiene Hypothesis

Bolstering the theory that modern society’s fixation on cleanliness might actually be hurting the development of healthy immune systems in children, a new study published this week in the journal Science suggests that exposure to the kinds of bacteria found in the farmyard may actually protect children from ...

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Mending a Broken Heart

When he was 21, Gary Skillings tried to contact his mother through a nun at the Catholic orphanage from which he was adopted in the 1950s, but she didn’t want to see him. “That was kind of a heartbreaker,” Skilling told the Sun Journal newspaper in Maine. “But I honored her wish.” Although he longed ...

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Chew on This

After reading a recent Slate piece, we thought it might be worth taking one more bite at Misophonia. It’s one of those conditions that you might not know is a condition, even if you have it. Misophonia — from the Greek word meaning hatred of sound — is characterized by feelings of rage triggered by ...

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Haplogroups Explained

Many 23andMe customers that contact Customer Care are confused by their haplogroup assignments and what they actually mean. But knowing your haplogroup, and how you can use it, can give you much more clarity about your own ancestry. So in the interest of helping you out, we will walk through an example of ...

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Lupus and IBD Research Partnerships

Over the last year 23andMe has launched two research initiatives with Pfizer, one to study inflammatory bowel disease and the other to study lupus. We’re pretty optimistic about the work done so far as we continue to recruit patients to participate in these two important research projects, so it’s nice to ...

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A New Model for Discerning Parkinson’s

A team of researchers has developed a simple and non-invasive approach that uses genetic data in combination with other demographic and biomarker information to accurately distinguish those with and without Parkinson’s disease, an illness that is notoriously difficult to detect. In a study published this ...

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