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Something We Can Agree On

There’s a lot to like about the Precision Medicine Initiative launched last year, but we were particularly heartened to hear President Obama recently make clear that enlisting patients as partners will ensure it works. At a White House forum held on Thursday, President Obama said patients own their data, ...

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The Lasting Legacy of Neanderthals

New research by scientists at Vanderbilt University adds to our understanding of the legacy of our ancient cousins, the Neanderthals. The study looked specifically at health conditions, finding associations between Neanderthal DNA and conditions related to immune response, blood clotting, and depression by ...

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Citizen Science

Perhaps the stories are so interesting because they seem so improbable — tales of ordinary people faced with devastating genetic diseases grabbing a hold of their destiny, doing their own scientific research and making important discoveries. A recent account featured on This American Life by David Epstein, ...

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Collaboration to Create Better Treatments for Infertility

As part of a collaboration with 23andMe, the personalized medicine company Celmatix is looking to dramatically improve the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Infertility affects a large portion of the population, with an estimated one in eight couples in the United States having difficulty conceiving. ...

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The FDA Wants To Hear Your Opinion

If you have an opinion about genetic testing and the best way to return those results, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to hear it at a daylong workshop scheduled for March 2nd. The meeting offers the FDA a chance to get perspectives from the public and medical professionals on how best to ...

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Smart Talk

Get two smart people in a room and let them talk. That’s the premise for astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s show “StarTalk,” and it makes for thought-provoking conversations about science. That’s what Neil got when he sat down with 23andMe’s CEO and co-founder Anne Wojcicki. As part of what Neil is ...

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This Year’s Top Ten Stories in Genetics

Starting in January with the launch of the ambitious Precision Medicine Initiative in the United States, 2015 finished with a heated debate around the appropriate use of technology that allows scientists to edit the human genome. Those two big stories bookended the year showing both the promise and peril of ...

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Happy Holidays

Editor's note: Recently researchers at UC Davis sequenced the California sugar pine, which is endangered. A few years back they had done the same for the Douglas fir, and we wrote about it. We thought it worthwhile to run again for the holidays. Cheers! If you could just get your Christmas tree to spit ...

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Science’s Rock Stars

Seth McFarlane brought the humor, Pharrell Williams the glam, and this year’s winners of the Breakthrough Prize brought the wonder of science. At a glitzy awards ceremony broadcast live from Silicon Valley Sunday night on the National Geographic Channel, the winners were singled out for their ...

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23andMe In The News

23andMe's had a busy week with a lot of media coverage of our new customer experience. For everyone here at 23andMe, the notice is a nice moment after two years of hard work. A lot went into the new experience  from extensive consumer comprehension studies to creative design work that better communicates ...

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