Author: ScottH

Useful Genetics

The Scripps Translational Science Institute recently published a follow-up study of research that showed that more than a third of individuals in their research who took a direct-to-consumer genetic test shared their results with their doctors, and that most of those who tested said it was highly ...

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A Look At 23andMe’s DNA Revolution

You don’t need an excuse to read the always-interesting magazine Fast Company, but if you did, here it is: This week’s cover story,  “The Most Daring CEO in America,” features 23andMe’s CEO and co-founder Anne Wojcicki. Writer Elizabeth Murphy gets to the core of what 23andMe is trying to accomplish: ...

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A 23andMe Patent

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who received their health information prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will only have ...

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It’s Complicated

Virginia Hughes, one of the writers we always try to keep up with, has a thoughtful piece about some of the unintended consequences of uncovering family secrets using DNA testing. As we’ve seen in many of the stories we’ve featured here about customers finding unknown family or uncovering family secrets ...

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Coffee, Tea And 23andMe

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who received their health information prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will only have ...

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Tasty Genetics

It’s not a superpower, but the genetics behind being what some call a “supertaster” might make for a pretty good argument against eating your broccoli. Supertasters have the good fortune, or misfortune, of having highly refined taste receptors. And that discerning palate is genetic. “Supertasters live ...

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An Ocean of Hope For MPN Research

We’re posting a story about one of the participants in 23andMe’s MPN Research Initiative to bring attention to these rare diseases. September is National Blood Cancer Awareness Month, and today is MPN Awareness Day. Customers of 23andMe can help in these efforts — as well as our other research efforts with ...

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The Keeper Of Memory

Mike Lattimore felt a mix of anxiety and dread about visiting Africa, so fraught it was with the scars of slavery. But standing on the shores of what is known as the “Slave River” near the Cape Coast of Ghana, where men and women were once bathed before they were sold into slavery, Mike felt a sense of ...

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Behind the Scenes With 23andMe

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who received their health information prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will only have ...

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Smithsonian Exhibit In The News

Back in June we told you about an awesome new exhibit at the Smithsonian “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code.”  Maybe you didn’t want to take our word on it, but how about The New York Times. Last week the paper of record had a nice overview of the exhibit, which goes a long way to up visitors genetic literacy ...

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