Author: MattC

23andMe at Stanford Cool Product Expo

Last week 23andMe participated in the Stanford Cool Product Expo, sponsored by Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. We were pleased to meet a steady stream of curious visitors to our corner booth, which was situated between the manufacturer of a bike you pedal like an elliptical trainer and a ...

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JAMA Publishes Genetics Theme Issue

The latest indication that the medical establishment takes personalized medicine seriously – this week's Journal of the American Medical Association is a special theme issue dedicated to genetics and genomics. The journal points to the incredible pace of recent discoveries associating specific genetic ...

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Today on 23andMe

23andMe co-founders Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki sat down at NBC's Today Show on Friday as correspondent Peter Alexander took a look at his genome. Watch the video and learn about the Odds Calculator, ancestry and the genetics of earwax: ...

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The Amazing Journey: A New Synthesis for the Peopling of America

People who study the spread of humans to the Americas can agree on one thing – the first migrants crossed from Asia by way of a land bridge connecting Siberia and Alaska. Just about everything else is subject to debate: who the people were, where they originated, when they migrated, how numerous they were ...

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Which Would You Rather Have? Your Genome or a Bentley?

This car costs less than a human genome sequence – but not for long. A story in the weekly science section of today's New York Times profiles the first customer of Knome, a company started by Harvard University professor (and 23andMe scientific advisory board member) George Church that offers complete ...

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Insurance Fears and Genetic Testing

Last Sunday's New York Times had an interesting story by Amy Harmon about people who choose not to undergo genetic diagnostic testing, or try to keep their results a secret, out of fear that they will lose their health coverage. But the letters in response to that story, published in this Sunday's paper, ...

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23andMore: Paternal Ancestry, Free Demo Accounts and an Expanded Gene Journal

Genetics is big on twos. Chromosomes come in pairs. So do DNA strands – the two twisting halves of the molecule fit together perfectly, with every A matched to a T and every G to a C. That's why we consider the latest additions to the 23andMe website particularly cosmic. Each one perfectly complements an ...

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Tales of 23andMe

Do you finally understand why you love milk and hate bourbon? Or vice versa? Have you discovered that you have ancestors in a part of the world you never expected? Have any of you downloaded your data? What did you do with it? Inquiring minds want to know. Now that 23andMe has been in business for ...

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Try This at Home, But Only if You Must

We don't necessarily condone this kind of behavior, but 23andMe customer Andrew Meyer has challenged the world to a spitting contest. In this video on his blog, BUZZYEAH, Andrew produces the 2.5 milliliter (about a half-teaspoon) saliva sample required by 23andMe in 146 seconds. He claims this is a world ...

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Why Mutations are Good

If you think mutations are just sinister events that create human flies and gigantic man-eating ants, you're living in a '50s B-movie. Though they sometimes cause big problems for the organisms who acquire or inherit them, mutations are actually the engine of evolution. Without them, life as we know it could ...

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