The popular commercials starring Justin Long and John Hodgman tapped into stereotypes, but how accurate were they? We may not be able to tell you if Mac users are more likely to be hipsters, but we did find some interesting correlations with 23andMe customers* who use Macs and with customers who use Windows. [...]
May 23, 2012
Mac vs. PC — What Are Users Actually Like?
May 18, 2012
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 [...]
May 9, 2012
What Do You Know About Heritability?
Nature vs. nurture is a question scientists and non-scientists alike have grappled with since the earliest days of human history. One concept we use to describe these two complementary forces is "heritability", or the proportion of variation in the development of a disease or trait in a population that's due [...]
May 6, 2012
Quiz Answers: Traits Associated With BMI
Last week we quizzed our readers on traits associated with BMI among 23andMe’s customers. Congratulations to Suellen, the winner of the quiz! She got all three answers correct and will receive an Amazon gift card. So what were the correct answers? Read on... Which physical trait is most associated with [...]
April 26, 2012
What Do Diet and Personality Have to Do With BMI?
Besides height and weight, can you guess what feature is most strongly correlated with body mass index (BMI)? Over the next few months, we’ll be testing your knowledge of some of the most interesting associations we’re seeing in the 23andMe database. Guess right, and you could win cool prizes, including [...]
January 12, 2012
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 [...]
January 4, 2012
Congratulations to the Winner of Our PMWC Essay Contest!
The annual Personalized Medicine World Conference (PMWC) is a one-of-a-kind event bringing together the top thinkers, industry leaders, scientists, and policy-makers in health care. 23andMe hopes that consumers and individuals will get involved in ushering in personalized medicine and we recently held an [...]
December 9, 2011
Just One Week Left to Enter Our Essay Contest!
The 2012 Personalized Medicine World Conference (PMWC) is just around the corner and you could win free admission! There's only one week left to enter the contest. Send us your essay about why you want to go to PMWC by December 15th for a chance to win. Read more about the contest and how to enter here. [...]
November 17, 2011
Win Free Admission to the 2012 Personalized Medicine World Conference
Mixing and mingling with the leading thinkers in personalized medicine. Checking out the latest technologies. Reflecting on new paradigms and approaches to healthcare. If these sound like your cup of tea, then the Personalized Medicine World Conference (PMWC) is for you! Now in its fourth year, the PMWC is [...]
October 7, 2011
Join 23andMe at ICHG/ASHG 2011 for Drinks and a Chance to Win an Exome!
What: 23andMe Mixer and Exome Giveaway* Date: Wednesday, October 12th Time: 8:30-10:00pm Where: Les 3 Brasseurs, St-Paul, 105 St-Paul St. E., Montreal, Quebec The world’s top scientists and researchers in human genetics will gather in Montreal next week to chase down plates of “poutine” with [...]