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Discussion On Faster Cures

(Editor's note: This post was edited from the original.) This week 23andMe CEO and co-founder Anne Wojcicki participated in a roundtable discussion held by the US House Energy and Commerce Committee to discuss a new initiative to accelerate the pace of cures and medical breakthroughs. Here is a recording of ...

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23andMe’s Anne Wojcicki On The Future of Genetics

If you weren't in Austin for the South-by-Southwest conference, here's video of Anne's keynote speech on the future of genetics. ...

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A Primer on What’s In Your Genes?

Writing clearly about something complicated like genetics isn’t easy, and doing it with a little humor is harder still. But that’s just what the author and illustrator Katie McKissick, does consistently in her neat little book called “What’s in Your Genes?” Known by her nom de plume, Beatrice the ...

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A Siblings Story From 23andMe

Anyone with a brother or sister doesn’t need a national holiday to remind them how special bonds between siblings can be, but in recognition of National Sibling Day we bring you another in a long list of stories of siblings who found each other through 23andMe. Tricia had a few details, but never enough to ...

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23andMe Looks At Regional Traits

23andMe mapped geographic patterns for more than 1,500 traits using aggregated and anonymous customer data to produce American tapestries of everything from personality to food preferences. The data, compiled by researcher Emma Pierson, show that there are statistically significant regional differences ...

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A Gift To Humanity

Here at 23andMe we have an interest in all things Neanderthal, so when none other than Svante Pääbo authored the book Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes we had to check it out. Professor Pääbo, the director of evolutionary genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in ...

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Lost Girls

In the best children’s stories the parents are done away with early on. Mom or dad — sometimes both of them — are dead and gone even before the opening “once upon a time.” It’s a plot device that helps the reader make an emotional connection with the characters. It also starts the arch of the ...

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More From SXSW #AskAnne

We can’t tell you the breakout bands or best films from this year’s South By Southwest, but we can tell you that new ideas around digital health — including 23andMe’s use of big data to power research — drove a lot of the most interesting discussions on the interactive side of the festival. 23andMe’s CEO ...

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23andÉire

Thank your lucky clovers because almost everyone in the 23andMe database is connected to someone who is Irish, and plenty of others have at least a wee bit of Irish ancestry. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, 23andMe researchers looked at the aggregated and anonymous data of our customers to determine just ...

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War Baby

In the early 1990s when he was on the cusp of turning 50, Paul Dodds didn’t have a midlife crisis, he had a midlife surprise. Paul learned that the man he thought was his father wasn’t. “It kind of made sense because although he was always there, he never bothered with me or my brother (he wasn’t his ...

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