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Sex, money, dancing, eating….and voles?

At the end of last year (2007) you may have seen reports claiming that scientists in Israel discovered the “gene for altruism.” What they actually found was that a variation in a gene called AVPR1a influences how much money students give to others in the “dictator game,” an experiment where subjects make ...

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Silly Rabbit, Spit Comes from Quids

A few years back, archaeologist Anna Dhody was thinking about how amazing it is that DNA forensic scientists can collect DNA evidence from nothing more than a discarded cigarette butt or paper cup. If there is enough DNA clinging to those modern-day objects to identify the people who used them, she reasoned, ...

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Colonists and Colon Cancer

When Mr. and Mrs. George Fry arrived in the New World nearly four centuries ago, they brought with them not just dreams of a better life, but a curse – a genetic mutation that has caused thousands of their descendants to develop cancer. Scientists reported on Wednesday that they had tracked a mutation that ...

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Breakthrough of the Year

A certain provider of personal genetic information is mentioned in Science magazine's Breakthrough of the Year article, published in the Dec. 21 issue. The journal bestowed 2007 BotY honors on "Human Genetic Variation," especially the genome-wide association studies that have linked dozens of diseases and ...

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Party Till You Spit

A Spit Party is kind of like a Tupperware Party, only the plastic containers are smaller and they're not for leftovers. 23andMe held the first one a few days after our launch in November, and we're gearing up for many more in 2008. What happens at a Spit Party? So glad you asked. There's mingling, of ...

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