Category: genetics 101

Efforts to Improve Genetic Literacy

A set of national genetic science standards for elementary through high school students in the United States offers a modest improvement over state-based standards, but still falls short of conveying some key genetic concepts, according to a new study by science educators with the American Society of Human ...

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What’s Your Type?

By Danielle Hayes We are all unique, and knowing our genotypes at specific places in our genomes may give each of us a better understanding as to why. Danielle Hayes Job: Health, raw data, research and sample processing specialist on the Customer Care Team From: Missoula, Montana Education: BS, ...

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A Father’s Day Ode to the Y-Chromosome

By Cameron Kruse Around this time every year we turn our attention toward the patriarchs of our respective families and collectively ask: “What should we get dad for father’s day?” Today, I want to step back and ask just the opposite: “Genetically, what do we get from dad?” As a customer care ...

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Don’t Know Much About History?

High school teacher Thomas Holterman wanted to show his students that some of the human story and our own family history are written in our DNA if we choose to explore it. Holterman is one of four teachers who won an award for lesson plans they developed as part of the Genetics Learning Challenge, ...

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Everyone’s A Winner

Last month we announced the three winners in 23andMe’s first-ever Genetics Image Contest, but we felt like everyone came out ahead by helping to bridge the gap in genetics education. On top of giving out awards to individual winners, 23andMe also gave out stipends to the three schools with the highest ...

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Genetics Image Contest

If you haven’t already, there’s still time to submit entries in 23andMe’s first “Genetics Image Contest.” We're extending the deadline to get your entries in so you really have no excuse not to send in something. We are also expanding who is eligible to enter, allowing all US residents who are 18 and older ...

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A DNA Day Quiz

It's been more than 60 years since Francis Crick and James Watson described the double helix structure of DNA. And a little over a decade since scientists first decoded the human genome. But there is still much to discover about human genetics. Find out what you can learn about your own DNA with this fun ...

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Coursera’s Useful Genetics Wows

If you haven’t yet heard, college is expensive. Darn expensive. Thankfully, there are now free online universities for those of us daunted by the hefty price tag attached to traditional university courses. These online universities, such as Coursera and Udacity, provide quality courses taught by experienced ...

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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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The Genetics of Your Christmas Tree

If you could just get your Christmas tree to spit into a tube and extract some DNA, you might learn a lot about your holiday decoration. For starters, you might be able to tell where it originated. Plant genetics, like animal genetics, is influenced by geography. A team of Douglas fir tree researchers, ...

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