Author: MattC

Spitting Images

Rate cuts, market meltdowns and global warming may have ruled the day at this year's World Economic Forum – but spitting ruled the night. Every evening in Davos scholars, celebs and politicos swarmed around our booth in a hallway of the main conference hotel, where 23andMe offered WEF attendees a free look ...

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Nature Genetics Editorial: When Customers Become Collaborators

An editorial in the February issue of Nature Genetics makes a number of excellent points about the potential that personal genomics services such as 23andMe have to directly engage the public in research, not just as subjects but as collaborators. 23andMe was founded in part to harness the natural ...

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23andWEF

23andMe made a big splash at last week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Hundreds of conference attendees took us up on our offer of free genotyping, and on Friday 23andMe co-founder Linda Avey participated in a panel discussion with three of the world's most eminent geneticists about the ...

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Craig Venter Speaks

On the way to this week's World Economic Forum in Switzerland, 23andMe founders Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki had the opportunity to spend a few minutes with geneticist Craig Venter, who made a name for himself by racing the federally-funded Human Genome Project to produce the first human genetic sequence. ...

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Why Science Can’t Share

It's hard to believe that unwillingness to share is one of the biggest obstacles to the advancement of science today. But researchers and the institutions they work for expend so much time, money and effort collecting data that they are often reluctant to give it to anybody, even their most respected ...

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Welcome to the spittoon!

In the two months that 23andMe has been in business, we've had our fair share of media coverage. We've been in newspapers and magazines, on TV and the radio. But more than anything else, we've been blogged about. Over the last few weeks the comments, compliments and criticisms of bloggers have often ...

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SNPwatch: Prostate Cancer

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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Silly Rabbit, Spit Comes from Quids

A few years back, archaeologist Anna Dhody was thinking about how amazing it is that DNA forensic scientists can collect DNA evidence from nothing more than a discarded cigarette butt or paper cup. If there is enough DNA clinging to those modern-day objects to identify the people who used them, she reasoned, ...

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Breakthrough of the Year

A certain provider of personal genetic information is mentioned in Science magazine's Breakthrough of the Year article, published in the Dec. 21 issue. The journal bestowed 2007 BotY honors on "Human Genetic Variation," especially the genome-wide association studies that have linked dozens of diseases and ...

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Party Till You Spit

A Spit Party is kind of like a Tupperware Party, only the plastic containers are smaller and they're not for leftovers. 23andMe held the first one a few days after our launch in November, and we're gearing up for many more in 2008. What happens at a Spit Party? So glad you asked. There's mingling, of ...

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