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Today on 23andMe

23andMe co-founders Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki sat down at NBC's Today Show on Friday as correspondent Peter Alexander took a look at his genome. Watch the video and learn about the Odds Calculator, ancestry and the genetics of earwax: ...

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The Amazing Journey: A New Synthesis for the Peopling of America

People who study the spread of humans to the Americas can agree on one thing – the first migrants crossed from Asia by way of a land bridge connecting Siberia and Alaska. Just about everything else is subject to debate: who the people were, where they originated, when they migrated, how numerous they were ...

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Which Would You Rather Have? Your Genome or a Bentley?

This car costs less than a human genome sequence – but not for long. A story in the weekly science section of today's New York Times profiles the first customer of Knome, a company started by Harvard University professor (and 23andMe scientific advisory board member) George Church that offers complete ...

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The World in a Pipette: Two Studies Look at Human DNA Diversity

If you take two members of the human race at random and ask how much their genomes differ, you'll get a surprising answer: they're almost identical. On average, for every 1,000 DNA bases you have, 999 or so of them are exactly the same between you and your neighbor – and for that matter, between you and ...

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DNA Day Essay Contest

DNA Day -- April 25th -- is only 65 days away! To help celebrate the occasion, the American Society of Human Genetics, Applied Biosystems, and the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology are sponsoring an essay contest for middle school and high school students. First place winners in each category will ...

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Climate Adaptations by Early Humans May Influence Disease Risk Today

Modern lifestyles are often blamed for diseases such as obesity, high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes. But from an evolutionary standpoint those ailments may have roots in a lifestyle change that occurred tens of thousands of years ago, when humans first left balmy Africa for more northerly ...

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Tales of 23andMe

Do you finally understand why you love milk and hate bourbon? Or vice versa? Have you discovered that you have ancestors in a part of the world you never expected? Have any of you downloaded your data? What did you do with it? Inquiring minds want to know. Now that 23andMe has been in business for ...

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SNPwatch: Prostate Cancer Redux

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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Spitting Images

Rate cuts, market meltdowns and global warming may have ruled the day at this year's World Economic Forum – but spitting ruled the night. Every evening in Davos scholars, celebs and politicos swarmed around our booth in a hallway of the main conference hotel, where 23andMe offered WEF attendees a free look ...

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SNPwatch:Shuffling SNPs Have Opposite Effect in Men and Women

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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