Category: genetics 101

The Answer: Snot

The question: What does DNA look like? While many of the 23andMe scientists have purified DNA more times than we’d like to remember, there are a fair number of people here (on the science team and on the engineering and business teams) who’ve never spent any time at the lab bench. We love all things DNA ...

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Iceland’s Deadly Disease Mystery

For the past 100 years, there has been a mysterious disease afflicting Icelanders. Called Hereditary Cystatin C Amyloid Angiopathy (or HCCAA), it causes severe brain hemorrhages and dementia in young adults. For those individuals who have the disease, life expectancy is usually no higher than 30 years. ...

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Haplogroups of the Rich and Famous

Jesse James One of the most engaging features of 23andMe’s Personal Genome Service is a customer’s ability to trace his or her genetic ancestry using the mitochondrial DNA and the Y-chromosome. Once customers learn their own ancestry, the Genome Sharing feature allows them to see how they compare with ...

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A Beautiful Ancestry Painting

Roy King is a clinical psychiatrist at Stanford University. He’s also a scholar who uses genetics and archaeology to figure out how agriculture spread through Anatolia and the Mediterranean region of Europe more than 10,000 years ago. Now Roy has another genetic puzzle to consider – himself. With the help ...

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Whose Y to Use? Paternal Ancestry for Ladies

One of the most exciting parts of 23andMe’s Personal Genome Service™ is discovering your genetic ancestry. Suddenly your family tree has branches that reach back thousands of years into the prehistoric past. At present, 23andMe customers can trace two branches of their genetic family tree – one that ...

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Giving the Gift of a Virtual Gene

Ever since the social media site Facebook allowed users to develop third-party applications, there has been an explosion of various quizzes, icons, and virtual gifts that users can add to each others' profiles. In addition to the various LOLcats, zombies, and werewolves that permeate Facebook these days, ...

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What is DNA Day About Anyway?

You may have seen our recent posts about DNA-themed activities and events for DNA Day. But what is DNA Day all about anyway? DNA Day was created in 2003 by concurrent (Senate and House) congressional resolution to celebrate two important milestones in the study of genetics: the 50th anniversary of the ...

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DNA Day Events

DNA Day is being celebrated around the country on April 25, one week from Friday! To help you participate, we've compiled a list of DNA Day happenings. Drop us a line if you know of any we’ve missed. Chat Online with a Geneticist The National Human Genome Research Institute will host an online chat room ...

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Fun Activities for DNA Day…Or Any Day!

DNA Day is less that three weeks away. Here are a few activities you can do with kids (and adults!) of all ages to celebrate on April 25. If you have some other ideas, please let us know! (Note: These links will take you to websites outside the domain of The Spittoon. 23andMe is not responsible for their ...

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Get Out There and Learn about DNA!

Fascinated by genetics? Curious about what the future of science will bring? Looking for a way to celebrate DNA Day on April 25? Here’s a list of museums from around the country with genetics themed exhibits. Drop us a line if there is one you know of one that we’ve missed! The Health Museum, Houston, ...

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