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The New 23andMe Experience: A Look at Our Trait Reports

The new customer experience at 23andMe is about more than just our new look; it's also about new features. Among those new features are our new Trait Reports. These reports can be a fun way to learn how your genetics influence such things as the color of your eyes, whether you’ve got dimples, and if you ...

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23 pairs of Chromosomes, One Unique You.

By Lindsay Grove Whether you ordered 23andMe to learn more about your ancestry, or to participate in research, or to connect with relatives, every 23andMe customer can learn something about what makes them unique. Lindsay Grove Job: Ancestry, accounts and registration specialist on the Customer Care ...

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All About that Base (Pair): The Significance of your Genotypes

By Clare Raczkowski I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but you don’t have a gene for being tall, or a gene for caffeine addiction or a gene for intelligence. No one does. In an effort to simplify the science, the media sometimes talks about genetics and the influence of genes in these terms. But there is not ...

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Some Basics About Using 23andMe

Can 23andMe sample my dead relatives and why do you use spit to extract my DNA? Inquiring minds want to know, or at least a lot of our customers do. There really are no dumb questions and if you have something to ask, we’ve probably heard it before. 23andMe has a lot of resources for folks trying to learn ...

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Ancestry at 23andMe: New Insights for Sheridan

We first met Sheridan* in the fall of 2010. As an adoptee, she was curious about her DNA and what 23andMe might be able to tell her. With the help of old friends and some new ones on 23andMe, Sheridan learned about her global origins, which include an African-American father and a mother of European descent, ...

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Tracking Down a Trait

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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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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Health at 23andMe: The Circus of Human Traits

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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Ancestry at 23andMe: Old Roots and New Horizons

Sheridan* can hardly believe that in just a couple of weeks, she’s learned something about her deep ancestry on her mother’s side, placed herself genetically among the different populations of the world, connected with a potential fifth cousin, discovered a potential second cousin, and traced a fourth cousin ...

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Ancestry at 23andMe: Finding Connections

In our last post, Sheridan* responded to her potential fifth cousin Akina and discovered that she has a potential second cousin through 23andMe’s Relative Finder feature. All of this is exciting, but she’s definitely starting to feel her lack of genealogy experience catching up with her. When she logs into ...

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