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ASHG Speakers: People Want Their Genetic Data

The pace of human genetic research shows no signs of slowing. SNP chip technology is allowing researchers to make connections between DNA and disease in ways that were never before possible. Fast, cheap whole genome sequencing, and the avalanche of data it will bring, is just around the corner. And for the ...

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Gene Links Gout in Humans with Bladder Stones in Dalmatian Dogs

When they eat purines, a class of chemicals that are found in many types of food and most abundant in organ meats and some types of fish and shellfish,, most mammals break them down into a substance called allantoin, which is then excreted. The only exceptions are humans, great apes and Dalmatian dogs, all of ...

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Very Personalized Medicine: Genome Sequencing Reveals Mutations Behind One Woman’s Cancer

Understanding the genetic changes that lead to different cancers is key to more effective diagnosis and treatment of the disease. And thanks to the availability of faster, cheaper genome sequencing technologies, researchers are now able to peer more deeply into the DNA of cancer cells than ever ...

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Mom’s Experience Can Affect Your Genes

We all know that what a mother eats, drinks, smokes and does during pregnancy can affect her child’s prenatal development. But can it actually affect the baby’s DNA? Animal studies have shown that transient environmental exposures of a pregnant female can produce “epigenetic” changes in her offspring -- ...

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TIME to Thank Our Friends

It was a great honor to learn yesterday that the 23andMe Personal Genome Service™ has been named TIME Magazine's 2008 Invention of the Year. Today the Spittoon would like to acknowledge several 23andMe partners who contributed to the innovation behind our service. We'd like to extend our thanks to ...

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Creating the Invention of the Year: A Look Behind the Scenes

Editor's Note: This week TIME Magazine is naming the 23andMe Personal Genome Service™ its Invention of the Year, an honor that the publication has previously bestowed on innovations such as the iPhone and YouTube. This post by Director of Products Alex Wong (back row, second from right) offers a glimpse at ...

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Did Neanderthals and Humans Mate? Absence of Evidence is Not Evidence of Absence

The Spittoon has pointed out several times in the last few months (here, here and here) that when researchers look for evidence of interbreeding between early humans and Neanderthals, they often fail to find any. But there are still a number of geneticists who would like us to pay heed to the words of ...

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Meet the Team: Michelle Whirl Carrillo

Michelle is 23andMe’s curation manager. “Curation” often evokes images of an old scholar in a musty museum categorizing dinosaur bones for museum exhibits. But in the past decade or so, the term has also come to be used to describe scientists, usually in a biological field, organizing and annotating ...

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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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