Category: recommended reading

This Year’s Top Ten Genetic Findings

Each year at this time 23andMe puts together a list of the most interesting genetic findings of 2013. We’re doing that again but with a twist. We want to include in our list a few things that aren’t findings or discoveries, but clearly these stories have had a huge impact on the field of genetics. The fact ...

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Francis Crick and James Watson might not have been able to describe the iconic double helix structure of DNA more than 60 years ago, if it hadn’t been for Rosalind Franklin, who was honored today in a Google Doodle. Franklin, who would have turned 93 today, took an x-ray image that helped Watson and Crick ...

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A Letter About the Letters of Life

Last week the sale of some high-profile memorabilia attracted our attention, and no, we’re not talking about the $2.1M price tag for a Honus Wagner baseball card. It was the sale of two sets of items once owned by Francis Crick, who with James Watson discovered the structure of DNA back in ...

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Memoir Sheds Light on Tay-Sachs

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who received their health information prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will only have ...

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Getting to Know Your Genome

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who received their health information prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will only have ...

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We Can Handle the Truth About Genetics

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who received their health information prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will only have ...

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DNA, Eh — Canadian Genome Project in the News

You’ve got to love the lead sentence of the Daily Globe and Mail story about the launch of a Canadian Genome Project: “Jill Davies is Canuck One.” Ms. Davies is the first of what researchers hope will be 100,000 people to join the Personal Genome Project in Canada. Like its counterpart in the United ...

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DNA USA

Bryan Sykes, the evolutionary geneticist at Oxford University and the author of The Seven Daughters of Eve, is adding to his oeuvre of popular work on genetics with his new book, DNA USA, A Genetic Portrait of America. As with his previous work, Sykes breaks down some of the complicated aspects of genetics ...

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Being a Part of Personalized Medicine

Last week, we announced the winner of our essay contest for a free ticket to this month’s Personalized Medicine World Conference. Today, we feature an essay by finalist Nicole Mosher, who is just beginning her scientific career. "Why I Want to go to PMWC" by Nicole Mosher For the past three Christmases, ...

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Lone Frank’s “Beautiful Genome”

Lone Frank, the award-winning Danish science writer, claims to be shy, but I don’t believe her. There’s nothing reserved about exposing yourself as she’s done in her entertaining and enlightening new book My Beautiful Genome: Discovering Our Genetic Future One Quirk at a Time. (Oneworld Publications, ...

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