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Meet the Team: Alex Khomenko

Alex architects the software that runs 23andMe (Python / C++ / Linux / Apache / MySQL) and manages the engineering team. He's committed to finding the best ways to quickly build simple, scalable products (we've had 11 on-time releases in one year). He's also a bit of a security freak. When hockey season ...

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Genetics May Dull Brain’s Pleasure Response to Food, Causing Weight Gain

Although obesity was seen as a sign of social status during the Renaissance, it’s been known since long before then that being overweight is actually unhealthy. We all know that carrying around extra pounds increases the risk for high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, yet one out of three ...

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Genes and Environment Work Together to Increase Risk of Childhood Asthma

“I feel like a fish with no water.” That’s how the child in the public service announcement featuring a flopping, gasping goldfish describes what it feels like to have an asthma attack. The spot encourages parents of the close to nine million kids who suffer from asthma to take steps to decrease the ...

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Roots Television: The Internet TV Channel for Genealogists

People naturally yearn to know where they came from. Genealogists scratch that itch by poring over historical documents such as vital records, tax rolls, census lists and diaries to reconstruct their family history. In recent years, genealogists have also begun using genetic information as another way of ...

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Science in the Suburbs, Part II: More from the Personal Genomes Meeting at Cold Spring Harbor

As talks began Saturday at Cold Spring Harbor's first "Personal Genomes" conference, the first half of which I blogged on here, several leading explorers of the strange new world of "structural variation" in the human genome, such as Evan Eichler and Mike Snyder, shared some of their latest findings. You ...

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Fuhgetabouddit! Notes from Long Island, the Frontier of Personal Genomics (This Weekend)

The structure of DNA was first publicly described 55 years ago at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) on Long Island in New York by James Watson. Thursday night, the now 80-year-old Watson opened up the 2008 Personal Genomes meeting at CSHL by telling the story of the origins of the Human Genome Project, ...

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Meet the Team: Andro Hsu

Andro is 23andMe's science and policy liaison. His main responsibility is to monitor opinion in policy, regulatory, academic, and other stakeholder circles, and to integrate this feedback into 23andMe's product and internal procedures. Recently, he worked on 23andMe's successful application for a California ...

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A New Way to View Your Data

23andMe is always looking for ways not just to give our customers more data, but to help them better understand their genetic information and what it means for them. This week, we're introducing a new way to look at Health and Traits data that does just that by pinpointing for each person the particular ...

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Meet the Team: Marcela

Meet Marcela, a product manager at 23andMe. A product manager represents the customer’s needs while also considering engineering constraints and business requirements. Her most recent projects were focused on building the user experience of those who participate in research through 23andWe and helping to ...

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Plus ca change … The Mystery of Ultraconserved Elements

Before efforts to sequence the human genome began, scientists thought they’d find about 100,000 protein coding genes in the three billion bases pairs of DNA that are found in almost every cell. But much to everyone’s surprise, the true number turned out to be much lower. It’s now thought that the human ...

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