Author: 23andMe

Ending a Legacy of Hate

Listening to Wendy Spencer’s decades-long search for her biological father, the improbability of finding him, and then her shock after learning about the legacy of hatred he inherited from his own father, one would forgive Wendy if she decided to forget she ever found him. But Wendy thought that ...

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Blast from the Past

The ability to extract and then sequence ancient DNA, not just from ancient human bones, but also from the bones of our ancient cousins the Neanderthals, is upending old notions of human migration and history. The latest in a rapid succession of new findings suggests that intermixing between Neanderthals ...

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The Lasting Legacy of Neanderthals

New research by scientists at Vanderbilt University adds to our understanding of the legacy of our ancient cousins, the Neanderthals. The study looked specifically at health conditions, finding associations between Neanderthal DNA and conditions related to immune response, blood clotting, and depression by ...

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Citizen Science

Perhaps the stories are so interesting because they seem so improbable — tales of ordinary people faced with devastating genetic diseases grabbing a hold of their destiny, doing their own scientific research and making important discoveries. A recent account featured on This American Life by David Epstein, ...

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Collaboration to Create Better Treatments for Infertility

As part of a collaboration with 23andMe, the personalized medicine company Celmatix is looking to dramatically improve the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Infertility affects a large portion of the population, with an estimated one in eight couples in the United States having difficulty conceiving. ...

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Seeing Double

Twins have long fascinated us as humans, so much so that twin stories are ingrained in the mythology of almost every culture. Beyond folklore, the study of twins has also become bedrock for much of what we know about the genetics of many traits, diseases and other conditions. For scientists, twins offer a ...

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The FDA Wants To Hear Your Opinion

If you have an opinion about genetic testing and the best way to return those results, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to hear it at a daylong workshop scheduled for March 2nd. The meeting offers the FDA a chance to get perspectives from the public and medical professionals on how best to ...

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Smart Talk

Get two smart people in a room and let them talk. That’s the premise for astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s show “StarTalk,” and it makes for thought-provoking conversations about science. That’s what Neil got when he sat down with 23andMe’s CEO and co-founder Anne Wojcicki. As part of what Neil is ...

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Rise and Shine

In a new study published today in Nature Communications, 23andMe researchers identified 15 genetic variants associated with being a morning person, including four genetic variants never before connected to sleep cycles, and associations like BMI and depression. “Some circadian rhythm genes we identified ...

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Nobody Knew

Total strangers, John and Rhonda have one thing in common, the same father. The two made that discovery earlier this year after using 23andMe. “Nobody knew about John,” said Rhonda, a 55 year-old marketer in Buffalo New York. For John, recently retired and 67 who also lives in the Buffalo area, DNA ...

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