Category: 23andMe and you

Understanding The Genetics of Parkinson’s Disease: A Work In Progress

PET scans showing dopamine activity in a normal brain and a Parkinson's patient's before and after treatment with a therapeutic implant. More than a million Americans have Parkinson's disease, and another 50,000 are diagnosed each year. Scientists know that many of the characteristic symptoms of ...

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The Genetics of Globalization

Before 500 years ago people rarely went far to find a mate, choosing a husband or wife from the locally available pool of men and women. But with the dawn of European colonialism people from different parts of the world were suddenly living side by side, and had a whole new set of people to choose from when ...

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History’s Mysteries: Finding Answers in our DNA

As we have shown time and again here at the Spittoon, our DNA can greatly illuminate the lives of our most ancient ancestors.  We've learned how the ancient Phoenicians left their genetic footprints scattered across the Mediterranean Sea, and seen the DNA signatures of the first farmers sprinkled everywhere ...

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The Evolution of a Theory: Darwin and Evolution 150 Year Later

Biology has changed a lot over the past 150 years. Scientists have discovered entirely new forms of life, deciphered the molecular code of heredity and observed the machinery of life on the smallest dimensions. And through it all, one scientific theory has stood the test of time. New discoveries in ...

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Cereal Killer: The Tragic Tale of a Fatal Statistical Flaw

Pop Quiz: What do women who eat cereal for breakfast each morning have in common? They get a full day's supply of 11 essential vitamins and minerals. They enjoy better sex lives than women who don't eat cereal for breakfast. They are more likely to give birth to male children. They make buying ...

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23andWe: The First Annual Update

By Joyce Tung and Amy Kiefer It's been an exciting seven months since we launched 23andWe, the arm of 23andMe that gives people an unprecedented opportunity to collaborate with us on cutting-edge genetic research. Since May, the amount of data we’ve collected has grown at a fast and furious pace. For those ...

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Thanksgiving is National Family History Day

This is a repeat of a post we ran back in September. While you're sitting around the table with your loved ones, don't forget that it's National Family History Day! 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 ...

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Past DNA Day Essays Reveal Student Misconceptions About Genetics

For many people, the first and last place they will ever study genetics is high school biology class. So it is crucial that these classes prepare people to deal with the barrage of genetic advancements that are increasingly impacting everyday life. Unfortunately, many high school biology courses are not ...

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DNA Day Essay Contest 2009

Even though there are still 152 days to go until DNA Day 2009, it’s never too early for high school students to start thinking about next year’s essay contest. The deadline for teachers to submit the top three essays from their classes is March 16, 2009. Rules and questions are posted on the ASHG ...

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23andMe Community Now Includes User-to-User Messaging

Yesterday the 23andMe team launched the much-requested user-to-user communication feature, which will allow you to exchange messages directly with your 23andMe connections and other searchable community members. Here's how it works: To send a message, simply visit a person's Member Profile page by ...

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