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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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Capitol Hill, Health IT, and a movie

Yesterday 23andMe co-founder Linda Avey and I spent a muggy day on Capitol Hill, meeting with the staff of various senators and representatives, and thanking them for passing the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA). Most of them had never heard of 23andMe, so we took the time to explain what we ...

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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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23andMe goes to Washington

Though it might be hard to believe, at 23andMe we do more than just extract DNA from strawberries and run a world-class Personal Genome Service. We also advocate on important issues of genetic policy. On July 10-13, members of 23andMe will be in Washington, D.C. for the annual Genetic Alliance ...

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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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Genetically Gauche?

Barack Obama, Angelina Jolie and Ned Flanders all belong to a group whose members have been referred to as weak, gauche and even downright sinister. These terms are used, in various parts of the world, to describe left-handed people. Since right-handers outnumber southpaws by approximately 9 to 1, it’s not ...

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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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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant May Influence Risk of Fungal Infection After Bone Marrow Transplant

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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Iceland’s Deadly Disease Mystery

For the past 100 years, there has been a mysterious disease afflicting Icelanders. Called Hereditary Cystatin C Amyloid Angiopathy (or HCCAA), it causes severe brain hemorrhages and dementia in young adults. For those individuals who have the disease, life expectancy is usually no higher than 30 years. ...

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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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