The popular commercials starring Justin Long and John Hodgman tapped into stereotypes, but how accurate were they? We may not be able to tell you if Mac users are more likely to be hipsters, but we did find some interesting correlations with 23andMe customers* who use Macs and with customers who use Windows. [...]
Category: 23andMe Research
May 23, 2012
Mac vs. PC — What Are Users Actually Like?
May 10, 2012
SNPWatch: Do These Genes Make My Brain Look Big?
If you have a big head, you may be subjected to a fair bit of teasing, but science may offer you some consolation. For instance, individuals with a smaller intracranial volume (the area within the skull) are at slightly higher risk for late-life dementia. In addition, a smaller hippocampus (a section of the [...]
May 9, 2012
What Do You Know About Heritability?
Nature vs. nurture is a question scientists and non-scientists alike have grappled with since the earliest days of human history. One concept we use to describe these two complementary forces is "heritability", or the proportion of variation in the development of a disease or trait in a population that's due [...]
May 6, 2012
Quiz Answers: Traits Associated With BMI
Last week we quizzed our readers on traits associated with BMI among 23andMe’s customers. Congratulations to Suellen, the winner of the quiz! She got all three answers correct and will receive an Amazon gift card. So what were the correct answers? Read on... Which physical trait is most associated with [...]
May 1, 2012
23andMe and Parkinson’s: Past, Present, and Future
What Causes Parkinson's Disease? The symptoms of Parkinson’s are thought to stem from a loss of dopamine-producing brain cells that normally control movement, but what causes these cells to die off in the first place is difficult to answer. Toxins and other environmental factors can play a role, [...]
April 30, 2012
Ride With Larry
Andrew Rubin and Ricardo Villarreal’s film Ride With Larry is about more than a guy with Parkinson’s pedaling across South Dakota. It's about the singular idea that whatever life throws at you the best choice is to live to the fullest. “I’ll never give up,” Larry Smith says at one point during [...]
April 27, 2012
Michael J. Fox, Our Big-Time Hero
Todd Sherer, CEO of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, with Michael J. Fox and Anne Wojcicki Michael J. Fox is a great actor, but his smiles and good humor during a visit to 23andMe headquarters in Mountain View this week were fully sincere. “I really mean what I say when I express optimism, positivity and [...]