Author: ScottH

Hey, It’s DNA Day

Although every day is DNA day for us here at 23andMe, today is actually National DNA Day. Established ten years ago, DNA Day is meant to encourage everyone to take a little time to learn more about genetics. It also commemorates the day in 1953 when James Watson and Francis Crick's discovery of the structure ...

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The Decade After Decoding

This month marks the tenth anniversary of one of the greatest scientific achievements of our time when in 2003 researchers decoded the last of the three billion letters that make up the human genome. Dr. Eric Green, director of the National Human Genome Project, spoke with reporters a week ago saying that ...

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A Letter About the Letters of Life

Last week the sale of some high-profile memorabilia attracted our attention, and no, we’re not talking about the $2.1M price tag for a Honus Wagner baseball card. It was the sale of two sets of items once owned by Francis Crick, who with James Watson discovered the structure of DNA back in ...

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Heart Disease, Genetics and the Mediterranean Diet

Your diet has a huge impact on your health, particularly influencing your risk for things like heart disease, the leading cause of death worldwide. Your genetics equally contributes to your risk for heart disease the same as your diet, your environment and overall lifestyle does. Understanding your ...

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Would You Want to Know?

We at 23andMe hear this question a lot when the topic of personal genetic testing comes up. We each have our own answer, but enterprising PBS NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michaels simply went out and asked.  It’s helpful to hear from people on both sides of the issue about why they would or wouldn’t want ...

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Getting to Know Your Genome

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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Our Neanderthal Cousins

There’s much to recommend in Carl Zimmer’s profile of David Reich in Discovery Magazine, not least of which are details on our favorite extinct human cousins, Neanderthals. While Neanderthals are the rock stars of the piece, Zimmer also gives a good primer on human evolution, ancient migration out of ...

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23andMe’s Homage to Jeopardy!

Last week we put up a quiz in the spirit of Jeopardy! after host Alex Trebek made use of 23andMe in one of his game clues. The time was up last night to make your entry. So here are the answers to our Homage to Jeopardy! Quiz. Remember you didn’t have to get everything correct to be entered into the ...

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23andMe Reaches Parkinson’s Research Goal

We’re excited to announce that the 23andMe Parkinson’s Research Community has exceeded its goal, enrolling more than 10,000 people with the disease and creating the largest cohort of genotyped people with Parkinson’s in the world. Reaching this milestone offers scientists an incredible opportunity to better ...

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Learn to Use 23andMe APIs with Codecademy

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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