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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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23andMe at Stanford Cool Product Expo

Last week 23andMe participated in the Stanford Cool Product Expo, sponsored by Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. We were pleased to meet a steady stream of curious visitors to our corner booth, which was situated between the manufacturer of a bike you pedal like an elliptical trainer and a ...

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DNA Day Events

DNA Day is being celebrated around the country on April 25, one week from Friday! To help you participate, we've compiled a list of DNA Day happenings. Drop us a line if you know of any we’ve missed. Chat Online with a Geneticist The National Human Genome Research Institute will host an online chat room ...

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Fun Activities for DNA Day…Or Any Day!

DNA Day is less that three weeks away. Here are a few activities you can do with kids (and adults!) of all ages to celebrate on April 25. If you have some other ideas, please let us know! (Note: These links will take you to websites outside the domain of The Spittoon. 23andMe is not responsible for their ...

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SNPwatch: “Environment” also genetic?

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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Sorry for the Delay: A Message from 23andMe Founders Anne Wojcicki and Linda Avey

Linda AveySome customers who recently ordered our Personal Genome Service™ have had to wait more than the usual four to six weeks after spitting to get their genetic information. We know that it can be frustrating to wait when you are curious about what your genome holds, so we would like to apologize and ...

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Schizophrenia Genetics in Science: SNPs Are Only One Piece of the Puzzle

Genome-wide association studies, which are the source for most of the data 23andMe uses in Gene Journal (now called Health and Traits) entries, are based on the “common disease-common allele model” – the idea that many illnesses, even relatively rare ones, can be caused by combinations of genetic variations ...

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