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23andMe In The News

Last week was a good one for research at 23andMe with two announcements that offer more examples of the power of our research model. First was the publication of a massive Parkinson’s disease study that our scientists worked on with a consortium of 50 other organizations that were lead by researchers at ...

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Breathless Over New Finding Using Ancient DNA

With one very important exception Tibetans and their Han Chinese neighbors are genetically very similar, but that one difference makes all the difference. In the breathlessly thin air of the Himalayas, Tibetans have a genetic variant that makes them keenly well adapted to living on the “roof of the world.” ...

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Goooal!!!!!

While 23andMe’s Ancestry Composition can tell you where in the world your ancestors came from, it cannot yet tell you who you should root for in the World Cup match between France and Germany. 23andMe’s analysis of DNA uses reference populations to figure out where your ancestors lived back over 500 ...

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A “Bio Buzz” Interview with Anne Wojcicki

In San Diego at the annual Bio International Convention where she gave the keynote for a forum on personalized medicine, 23andMe CEO and Co-Founder Anne Wojcicki gave a short interview to Mike Huckman. Check it out here: ...

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Discussion On Faster Cures

(Editor's note: This post was edited from the original.) This week 23andMe CEO and co-founder Anne Wojcicki participated in a roundtable discussion held by the US House Energy and Commerce Committee to discuss a new initiative to accelerate the pace of cures and medical breakthroughs. Here is a recording of ...

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Update On The Regulatory Review Process With The FDA

By Kathy Hibbs, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer, 23andMe A few days ago the US Food and Drug Administration accepted for review 23andMe’s submission for a new 510 (k) application. This submission is for one health report, and is part of the FDA's regulatory review of our health product. Although the ...

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Anne Wojcicki Interview At Big Data Conference

23andMe cofounder and CEO Anne Wojcicki took a few moments to talk to interviewer Hayley Goldbach at Stanford’s recent Big Data in Biomedicine conference. The annual conference, which seems to get a little bigger each year, focuses on a sweet spot for 23andMe, the promise that the vast ocean of digital ...

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Neanderthals And Modern Humans

BioCentury This Week has done a nice series of interviews with Svante Pääbo, the director of evolutionary genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, who was also the first to decode the Neanderthal genome. The interview is broken up into a series of short video ...

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DNA Day Essay Contest Winners

It wasn’t easy, but we’ve chosen the top three entries in our first ever DNA Day student essay contest. Below are excerpts from the winners with links to the full essays. We hope this contest marks the beginning of a robust conversation about the future of genetics in medicine among those who participate ...

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Animated Genome Film Unveiled By The Smithsonian

23andMe is a big fan of the exhibit Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code, put together by the National Human Genome Research Institute’s and Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. It’s a fantastic primer on genetics, but the team has added something new that is bound to dazzle you. Today, on DNA Day, ...

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