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Needed Diversity in Research

It’s been a perennial problem —biomedical research that largely leaves behind women and people with non-European ancestry. A newly published study by researchers at the University of California San Francisco found that despite efforts to recruit in under represented communities in the United States there ...

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The New 23andMe Experience: A Look at Our Trait Reports

The new customer experience at 23andMe is about more than just our new look; it's also about new features. Among those new features are our new Trait Reports. These reports can be a fun way to learn how your genetics influence such things as the color of your eyes, whether you’ve got dimples, and if you ...

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Long Overdue Recognition

If you don’t know who Evelyn Witkins is perhaps you should. A legendary figure in genetic science, the 94 year-old professor emerita at Rutgers University was awarded in September a Lasker Prize for Basic Medical Research, sometimes referred to as “America’s Nobel.” We here at the blog neglected to ...

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This Year’s Top Ten Stories in Genetics

Starting in January with the launch of the ambitious Precision Medicine Initiative in the United States, 2015 finished with a heated debate around the appropriate use of technology that allows scientists to edit the human genome. Those two big stories bookended the year showing both the promise and peril of ...

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A Most Amazing Gift

When Kelle Scott connected with some distant cousins on 23andMe she didn’t realize she’d also stumbled on the perfect gift for her mom — family. Kelle’s mom, Pat Nosko, was adopted, and never knew her biological parents. Kelle had originally used 23andMe just to find out a little bit about her ...

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New Research Published On Hernias

A new study has identified four locations in the genome associated with a risk for the most common type of hernia, offering researchers insight into the possible genetic mechanisms that make some people more likely than others to develop this painful condition. “Surgical repair of inguinal hernias is one ...

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Happy Holidays

Editor's note: Recently researchers at UC Davis sequenced the California sugar pine, which is endangered. A few years back they had done the same for the Douglas fir, and we wrote about it. We thought it worthwhile to run again for the holidays. Cheers! If you could just get your Christmas tree to spit ...

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Eyes Wide Open

Brothers from different mothers, John and Brian came together because of 23andMe. For John, 68, finding a half-brother was the last thing he expected. “I was shocked,” he said. John used 23andMe because he’s interested in science. Since his days in high school biology class, John has always been ...

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Olympic Search

Fast and sure on the ice, Olympic gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno was less sure about his ancestral background. Raised by a single father, who’d immigrated to the United States from Japan, Apolo didn’t know much about his mother’s side of the family. On a recent episode of the syndicated family history ...

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Preparing Students for the Genetics Frontier

When David Matthes teaches genetics to college freshmen using personal genomics, he sets his sights beyond effective instruction and beyond his classroom walls. He is trying to increase awareness and knowledge in a deeper way that prepares his students to actively engage in the “post genome” world. “I love ...

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