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Let’s Talk

The author Christine Kenneally — who wrote the wonderful book The Invisible History of the Human Race — graciously agreed to participate in a Twitter chat we are hosting on January 21st at 4pm EST. Her book had some delightful insights into how our DNA, our personal history and our environment shape us. ...

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A Note To Our Customers About The New Year

By Anne Wojcicki I’m excited about 2015! We are starting the New Year with new customers around the world, new research collaborations and many employees working diligently on our FDA submission. As CEOs do, I look into the future to make sure we are working towards our mission: to help people access, ...

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Top Genetic Findings of 2014

The pace of discovery in genetics is such that every few months a new finding has the potential to change something fundamental about our understanding of the science. To keep up, we here at 23andMe take a moment to look back and list the top genetic findings of the year. • Ebola DNA As health workers ...

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King Richard’s Bones

Drawing on DNA analysis, genealogy and archeology, scientists at the University of Leicester, who unearthed 500-year-old royal bones found under a municipal car park, have definitively identified the remains as King Richard III. In their recently published findings, the team determined that the bones are ...

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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).[caption id="attachment_21858" align="alignnone" width="611"] 23andMe computational biologist ...

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