Author: ScottH

McFly’s Shoes to Help Fight Parkinson’s

Even though they aren't self-lacing and don't come with a hoverboard, the limited-production Nike Mags — Marty McFly’s fly shoes from the 1989 movie Back to the Future II — are still flying off the shelves as part of the company’s effort to raise money for Parkinson’s disease research. Since September 8th ...

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California Governor Signs Law to Protect Against Genetic Discrimination

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law civil rights protections to prevent discrimination against people based on their genetic information. Authored by State Sen. Alex Padilla, the California law the use of genetic information to discriminate against a person in housing, employment, education, ...

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SNPwatch: New Associations Found for Multiple Sclerosis

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will not. Those customers will have ...

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California Law Would Extend Genetic Non-Discrimination Protections

UPDATE (9/7/2011) California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law civil rights protections in the state to prevent discrimination against people based on their genetic information. A new California law, awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature, would apply California’s broad anti-discriminatory protections to ...

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Making Connections with Relative Finder

Not all the discoveries made on 23andMe are quite as profound as Neil Schwartzman finding his half-sister and mother, but even when 23andMe’s Relative Finder links distant cousins together those connections can still be electric. Gerald Lopez, a customer who found a fourth or fifth cousin and information ...

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Stories From 23andMe: James Larry Vick and the “Black Dutch” of Newman’s Ridge

It started innocently enough with a simple question from his daughter. “Where did our family come from?” (Image from Larry Vick's blog) For 20 years Larry Vick has been trying to answer that question. His first source was a chart drawn up by an uncle, but since then Vick has turned to old Census files, ...

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Stories From 23andMe: “I Wanted to Share My News”

Karen Durrett never expected a little spit would lead her to a father she never knew or help save her life. “I feel so blessed,” said the self-described “hippie mom” of three. “I had the chance to truly find out about my own origins and about who I am.” Karen (left) with her half-sister, who she found ...

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Stories From 23andMe: “Hey, Bro”

In May, Neil Schwartzman opened an email message from a complete stranger. “Hey,” it said. “I think you’re my brother.” Neil is one of now thousands of 23andMe users who’ve discovered family relationships they never knew they had. In June, we updated Relative Finder to make it easier to search for ...

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Biopunks, Science and Discovery

Marcus Wohlsen is on to something. An Associated Press science and biotechnology writer, Wohlsen is the author of the book BioPunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life. The book, which came out in April, outlines the parallels between the current community of upstart amateur scientists working in ...

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“When People Share their Genome on Facebook”

Whether they’re over-sharing or taking bold action in the name of science, people who willingly make their genome public are pushing researchers, policy-makers and others to tackle hefty issues with no readymade answers. At Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s second annual “Beyond Sequencing” conference in ...

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