Author: ScottH

A Day For Family History And DNA

With participation by 23andMe and the three other major companies involved in DNA testing for ancestry, as well as talks from some of the most respected names in the field, it’s no wonder organizers are predicting the June 6th “Family History and DNA” conference in Burbank will sell out. The event, planned ...

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A Birthday Wish For A Supercentenarian

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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Mother Europe

The story of H is really the story of people in modern Europe. H refers to a maternal lineage — also known as a maternal haplogroup — that originated long ago in the Near East but expanded into Europe with the recession of the last Ice Age. H —with its dozens of subgroups — is the most prevalent haplogroup ...

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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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A New Look at 23andMe

23andMe has a new design for our website. We’d like you to take a peek. With input from our customers, we created a cleaner and more personalized layout that highlights some of the features you know and love, and adds a few new ones to boot. While customers still have access to the same breadth of ...

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23andMe Test Helps Boston Woman

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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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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Genetics and a rare bone cancer

Late last year researchers with support from the Chordoma Foundation identified a genetic marker associated with that rare form of bone cancer. The Chordoma Foundation has also partnered with 23andMe to raise awareness about our Sarcoma Research Initiative aimed at better understanding genetic associations ...

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