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A New Kind of Family Portrait

It’s that time of year when family photos start arriving on holiday cards from relatives across the country. Why don’t you do something different this year and create a new kind of family portrait? Make an image that illustrates the traits and ancestry you share with your family that are revealed in your ...

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And Winners Are…

With so many great entries, it wasn’t easy, but we’ve picked the winners in 23andMe’s first ever “Genetics Image Contest." We had a lot of creative depictions of DNA, chromosomes, genes, and genetic concepts like heredity and inheritance. We narrowed the winners to three. In no particular order here they ...

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Highlights on New Parkinson’s Research

At an annual conference last month sponsored by the Michael J. Fox Foundation, scientists, academics and business representatives gathered in New York City to explore some of the latest and most promising research on Parkinson’s disease that’s being supported by the foundation. 23andMe’s Paul Cannon, who ...

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Mr. Double Helix

We’re fortunate here at 23andMe to get some interesting visitors, but last week was especially exciting for us when James Watson — yes that Watson — dropped in to say “Hi.” Co-discoverer of the double helix structure of DNA, Watson came to learn a little bit more about 23andMe’s future plans, our research ...

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The Traveling Genome

Last year, on the sixtieth anniversary of Crick and Watson’s discovery of the double helix structure of DNA, the Smithsonian opened an exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History called Genome: Unlocking Life's Code. The popular exhibit is now hitting the road, showing first in San Diego, at the ...

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Happy Halloween

Little did we know that on top of a MA in computer science from Stanford and a PhD in Biostatistics from Harvard, 23andMe computational biologist Fah Sathirapongsasuti also has an< MPC (Masters in Pumpkin Carving). ...

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Last Call

If you’re feeling particularly creative, you still have a few more days to submit entries in 23andMe’s first “Genetics Image Contest.” Get your entries in before Monday night and get a chance to have your image showcased in the Genetics Gallery at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, ...

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Dem Bones

Svante Pääbo and his team in Leipzig are up to it again, sequencing a 45,000 year-old leg bone found on a riverban in Siberia and revealing more detail about interbreeding between modern humans and our early human cousins, the Neanderthals. No stranger to extracting ancient DNA, Pääbo, the director of ...

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23andMe and MyHeritage Collaboration

This week 23andMe and MyHeritage announced a new collaboration that will give our customers more tools for learning about their family history and heritage. The effort will give 23andMe customers access to an improved family tree building experience, as well as MyHeritage’s library of more than 5.5 ...

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The Most Exciting Time in Science

There are grand visions about what genetic discoveries will be made in the distant future, but what about in the next five years. That was the question Dr. Eric Green, the director of the National Genome Research Institute, asked of 23andMe's CEO and co-founder Anne Wojcicki. Anne recently participated ...

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