Category: 23andMe and you

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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Human Prehistory 101: The Newest Video Series from 23andMe!

When 23andMe launched last November, we set out to make genetics accessible to everyone – not just the experts.  So we created a series of education videos called Genetics 101. These videos educated viewers on the basics of genetics:  What is a gene, what is a SNP, how genes are inherited from generation to ...

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23andKids: Growing Up Genotyped

Photo by Hsien-Hsien Lei, Eye on DNA. “Data, data, data! I want to see my data!” sang my 7-year-old, jumping around the kitchen, strumming his air guitar. What on earth was going through his mind? What did he think he’d get when he looked at his 23andMe data? We’ll probably never know, but, possibly ...

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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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