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It’s All About the Seaweed: New Theories on the Peopling of the Americas

One of the most exciting aspects of archaeology is how new research can alter previously held notions about prehistoric events. One of the most hotly debated of these events is the peopling of the Americas. Theories on the timing and specifics of the arrival of the first Americans are modified continuously ...

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Researchers Identify Function of SNP in Breast Cancer Susceptibility

Multiple studies have indicated that a SNP in the FGFR2 gene can increase the risk for breast cancer. Results published online this week in the open-access journal PLoS Biology show how. It turns out that the riskier version of this SNP increases the amount of the FGFR2 protein that is made by cells, ...

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SNPwatch: MC4R Gene Associated with Body Mass

The Atkins diet, the South Beach diet, the Grapefruit diet, the Cabbage Soup diet – we know all these fad diets have their limits, because ultimately, the only way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories and burn more. But have you ever thought about what controls your appetite? What if your body didn’t ...

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23andMe Genotyping Technology Aces Independent Tests

Sometimes our customers ask us about the accuracy of their 23andMe data. How certain are we that they really do have the genotypes we report? The answer is, very certain. We typically claim that the genotyping technology we use reports the correct call for more than 99.9 percent of the approximately ...

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Giving the Gift of a Virtual Gene

Ever since the social media site Facebook allowed users to develop third-party applications, there has been an explosion of various quizzes, icons, and virtual gifts that users can add to each others' profiles. In addition to the various LOLcats, zombies, and werewolves that permeate Facebook these days, ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Factors Related to Blood Glucose

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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Pictures of Lilly: Introducing the 23andMe Win Your Genome Contest

This woman shares 99.5% of her DNA with Lilly Mendel. Team 23andMe likes games – Wii tennis and Segway polo are big here. So are friendly wagers over a new employee's ACTN3 genotype, or whether a given Markov Chain Monte Carlo simulation will converge during our lifetimes. So in the spirit of friendly ...

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GINA Passes: A First Step Toward Protecting Genetic Information

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) has made it through Congress, more than a decade after first being introduced as a means of protecting individuals from discrimination based on their genetic risk for disease. Though we don't believe the law is a panacea, it does lay the groundwork for a ...

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Historical Genetics: Researchers Find Traces of Crusades, Spread of Islam in Lebanon

Generally, the DNA in a man's Y-chromosome contains information about prehistoric migrations that happened many millennia in the past. But a recent study of men in Lebanon shows that genetics can be a reflection of more recent events as well. A paper published in the April issue of the American Journal of ...

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What is DNA Day About Anyway?

You may have seen our recent posts about DNA-themed activities and events for DNA Day. But what is DNA Day all about anyway? DNA Day was created in 2003 by concurrent (Senate and House) congressional resolution to celebrate two important milestones in the study of genetics: the 50th anniversary of the ...

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