Category: 23andMe and you

Thanks for the Mito Mom!

Mothers are special on so many levels. We cherish them for loving us and imparting important life lessons... and for giving us mitochondria (or "mito" for short)! Mitochondria are small, roundish structures inside of cells that produce cellular energy. They have "zigzag insides" and their own DNA, which can ...

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Genetic Similarities of Mice and Men

23andMe celebrates genetic diversity but today we’d like to celebrate our genetic similarities -- to other organisms.  You are no rabbit or chicken (or, if you are, you are a truly impressive rabbit or chicken to be reading this blog). Rather, your DNA contains all the instructions for making you human. All ...

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DNA Day: Educate and Celebrate

  We at 23andMe have a special place in our hearts for today, National DNA Day. There are many ways to celebrate this special science holiday, ranging from making DNA-themed bracelets to constructing helical origami, but we think one of the best ways is to learn something new about DNA and, in the ...

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Ancestral Traits

"Musical Royalty": Watch the video from the PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., as he speaks with Branford Marsalis about his relative Wellman Braud, a pioneering jazz bassist. Just as jazz greats Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis wondered, in the first segment of the PBS series ...

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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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Did You Know? Genetics Might Influence “March Madness”

It’s that time of year again. That’s right... it’s March Madness and time to follow your favorite U.S. college basketball teams during playoffs. Some of you may be baffled by how much mental energy, time, and money Americans invest in sporting events, but those who participate will expound on the excitement ...

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Health Watch: New Year’s Resolutions, Reproduction and Rare Diseases

Like many people around the world, the health content team at 23andMe rang in 2012 with resolutions of staying healthy and it seemed fitting to delve into the genetics underlying response to diet and exercise, eating behavior and cholesterol levels. As we eased in to the new year, we segued into reproduction, ...

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Did You Know? DNA Can Offer Clues about Irish Ancestry.

Nearly 37 million Americans claim to have Irish heritage according to a national survey conducted in 2009. That’s over eight times the number of people living in Ireland today. Although it’s remarkable that nearly 1 in 10 Americans might say “Kiss Me I’m Irish!” on St. Patrick’s day, it’s not clear if all ...

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Did You Know? It’s Not so Rare to Have a Rare Disease

Today, February 29, is Rare Disease Day — a concept first initiated by the European Rare Disease Organization (EURORDIS) and now recognized around the world. Join the Global Genes Project™ and help unite one million people for rare diseases. The Global Genes Project™ is a campaign that works to ...

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Did You Know? Genetic Research Lags for African Americans

Although there has been a recent boom in DNA research, little is known about the connection between DNA and disease in African Americans. This is because most genetic research studies intentionally limit enrollment to a single population — usually northern Europeans — since the analysis is easier to carry out ...

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