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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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What It’s Like to be a Scientist at 23andMe

Part of my role as the ‘People Manager’ here at 23andMe is leading recruiting efforts. I take a lot of calls from people who are interested in science careers. While many of those calls are about specific positions, an equal number are from people who just want to know what it's like to work here. Most of ...

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JAMA Publishes Genetics Theme Issue

The latest indication that the medical establishment takes personalized medicine seriously – this week's Journal of the American Medical Association is a special theme issue dedicated to genetics and genomics. The journal points to the incredible pace of recent discoveries associating specific genetic ...

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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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