Category: 23andMe and you

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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Sorry for the Delay: A Message from 23andMe Founders Anne Wojcicki and Linda Avey

Linda AveySome customers who recently ordered our Personal Genome Service™ have had to wait more than the usual four to six weeks after spitting to get their genetic information. We know that it can be frustrating to wait when you are curious about what your genome holds, so we would like to apologize and ...

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New Feature: Ancestry Painting

It was not very long ago – at least in evolutionary terms – that humans first ventured beyond the continent of their species’ birth. But once people did begin migrating out of Africa about 50,000 years ago to populate the lands we now call the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas, the transformation of ...

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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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23andMore: Paternal Ancestry, Free Demo Accounts and an Expanded Gene Journal

Genetics is big on twos. Chromosomes come in pairs. So do DNA strands – the two twisting halves of the molecule fit together perfectly, with every A matched to a T and every G to a C. That's why we consider the latest additions to the 23andMe website particularly cosmic. Each one perfectly complements an ...

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How’d We Get 23?

It’s a question we’re getting used to: “Why are you called 23andMe?” Many of you know the answer by now: our name refers to the 23 pairs of chromosomes usually found in humans. But a question you may not know the answer to is “Why do humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes? Why not 13? Or 27?” Well, it ...

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Try This at Home, But Only if You Must

We don't necessarily condone this kind of behavior, but 23andMe customer Andrew Meyer has challenged the world to a spitting contest. In this video on his blog, BUZZYEAH, Andrew produces the 2.5 milliliter (about a half-teaspoon) saliva sample required by 23andMe in 146 seconds. He claims this is a world ...

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Why Mutations are Good

If you think mutations are just sinister events that create human flies and gigantic man-eating ants, you're living in a '50s B-movie. Though they sometimes cause big problems for the organisms who acquire or inherit them, mutations are actually the engine of evolution. Without them, life as we know it could ...

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