Author: 23andMe

Live Long And Prosper

We all measure our age in years, but results of a study lead by researchers at Kings College in London found what may be a better measurement of age — your genes. Using RNA-profiling to measure and compare gene expression in thousands of tissue samples, the researchers were able to develop what amounts ...

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DNA Testing Helps Amnesiac

A Florida amnesiac has finally figured out his identity with a lot of help from strangers, genetic genealogist CeCe Moore and DNA testing. Benjaman Kyle, who was found beaten and semi-conscious behind a south Georgia Burger King 11 years ago, has spent the last several years in Jacksonville Florida, ...

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Another Extreme Genes Podcast

Scott Fisher, the host of the syndicated family history radio show and podcast Extreme Genes, talked earlier this month with 23andMe’s Senior Director of Research Joanna Mountain. For this episode, Fischer and Joanna spoke again about ancestry features focusing in on some of the more common questions from ...

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The Neanderthal in All of Us

(Editor's note: We're updating this post with a new video to explain a little bit more about what it means to have Neanderthal DNA.) By Josie Sayegh 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. Josie ...

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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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