Category: 23andMe and you

A Genomic Moment

Russ Altman. In a recent post on his "Building Confidence" blog, 23andMe scientific advisor Russ Altman recounts an experience that should be familiar to 23andMe customers who regularly read The Spittoon. After reading a recent New England Journal of Medicine paper about a genetic variant associated with ...

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A New Way to View Your Data

23andMe is always looking for ways not just to give our customers more data, but to help them better understand their genetic information and what it means for them. This week, we're introducing a new way to look at Health and Traits data that does just that by pinpointing for each person the particular ...

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Plus ca change … The Mystery of Ultraconserved Elements

Before efforts to sequence the human genome began, scientists thought they’d find about 100,000 protein coding genes in the three billion bases pairs of DNA that are found in almost every cell. But much to everyone’s surprise, the true number turned out to be much lower. It’s now thought that the human ...

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What it Means to be Human

What is it about humans that distinguishes us from the rest of the animal kingdom?  Is it our upright walking?  Our language?  Our love of Reality TV?  Even though we are said to be 99% genetically identical to our closest evolutionary relative, the chimpanzee, we clearly differ vastly from them physically ...

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The Importance of Family Health History

I’m a bad patient. Every time I go to a doctor she asks, “Do you have a family history of any diseases?” I’m ashamed to say that my answer is always “I don’t think so.” Your family health history is a powerful tool for your doctor; it can help him or her make vital screening and treatment decisions. ...

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Sharing is Good

23andMe is all about empowering you to really get to know your own DNA. But we also have tools that let you share and compare your data with family and friends. All you need to do to share your genome with another person is send an invitation from the Genome Sharing page of your account. You’ll need a ...

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More than Just a Parable: The Genetic History of the Samaritans

Upon hearing the name "Samaritans," many people are immediately reminded of the famous passage from the Gospel of Luke (10: 25-37), the so called ‘Good Samaritan’ parable. Jesus tells of a Levite (a Jew) who is beaten and left on the side of the road. None who pass by the injured man stop to help, save a ...

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Everywhere You Look, There’s DNA!

A few of our favorite tributes to the stuff of life: [minislides] For more, check out The DNA mania Pool! Credits: 1) flickr/maria_keays 2) flickr/yananine 3) flickr/snickclunk 4) flickr/mikewade 5) flickr/mikewade 6) flickr/L. Marie 7) flickr/jpctalbot 8) flickr/mknowles 9) flickr/Thejas ...

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Is That a Peacock Feather under your Coat … Or are You Just Happy to See Me?

An animal's ability to survive often depends on how well it can avoid predators.  Many species of fish, birds, and mammals have evolved ingenious methods of staying hidden from predators by blending into the background in one form or another.  But what about animals that do the opposite?  How and why would ...

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Genes and Languages: Not So Strange Bedfellows?

Throughout the history of our species there has been one constant:  movement.  Since the origin of Homo sapiens nearly 200,000 years ago in East Africa, humans have journeyed around the globe, ultimately inhabiting every continent save Antarctica.Scientists have traditionally used archaeology, and more ...

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