Category: inside 23andMe

Team23andMe Competes in the LIVESTRONG Challenge

One of the best parts about working at 23andMe is being surrounded by people who are active and love taking on new challenges. We exercise together regularly and are always looking for new ways to contribute to our community, so we recently decided it was time to take on our first race. We chose the ...

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Meet the 23andMe Team: Denali Lumma

Denali is responsible for 'quality assurance' at 23andMe. She is a software engineer obsessed with producing software that works, in all cases, at all times. After years of writing buggy software, debugging it, and adding more bugs, a-hem 'features', she finally decided it was time to start writing correct ...

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Food, Drink and Genomes

Around here, “Can you smell asparagus in your pee?” is totally appropriate party conversation. And “I’m U5a1*” is what people say instead of “I’m a Sagittarius.” We heard all this and more last night at the first-ever 23andMe User Gathering – a chance for the 23andMe community to get together, mingle, and ...

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The Answer: Snot

The question: What does DNA look like? While many of the 23andMe scientists have purified DNA more times than we’d like to remember, there are a fair number of people here (on the science team and on the engineering and business teams) who’ve never spent any time at the lab bench. We love all things DNA ...

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23andMe in Second Life

This morning 23andMe bravely went were no other personal genome service has gone before – Second Life! Bertalan Mesko of scienceroll.com kindly arranged for us (ErinC and joyce) to give a presentation about our company on Second Nature, an island operated in Second Life by the Nature Publishing Group. We ...

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A Beautiful Ancestry Painting

Roy King is a clinical psychiatrist at Stanford University. He’s also a scholar who uses genetics and archaeology to figure out how agriculture spread through Anatolia and the Mediterranean region of Europe more than 10,000 years ago. Now Roy has another genetic puzzle to consider – himself. With the help ...

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Help Wanted: 23andMe Needs an Editur

If you could only do one thing to this sentence, what would it be? Can you explain why there's no gene for Crohn's disease? If you know the answers to these questions, we want you to know this: 23andMe is looking to hire an editor who is adept with scientific copy and concepts. The Science Editor will ...

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23andMe at the Girl Scouts’ Golden Gate Bridging

Last weekend 23andMe participated in the Girl Scouts’ Golden Gate Bridging at Crissy Field in San Francisco. This annual event celebrates middle school girls who are graduating from Junior Girl Scouts to Cadette Girl Scouts. To symbolize this transition, the girls walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. More ...

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Pictures of Lilly: Introducing the 23andMe Win Your Genome Contest

This woman shares 99.5% of her DNA with Lilly Mendel. Team 23andMe likes games – Wii tennis and Segway polo are big here. So are friendly wagers over a new employee's ACTN3 genotype, or whether a given Markov Chain Monte Carlo simulation will converge during our lifetimes. So in the spirit of friendly ...

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23andMe at Stanford Cool Product Expo

Last week 23andMe participated in the Stanford Cool Product Expo, sponsored by Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. We were pleased to meet a steady stream of curious visitors to our corner booth, which was situated between the manufacturer of a bike you pedal like an elliptical trainer and a ...

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