Tag: education

“Best Day Ever”

A big part of our mission is to help advance genetics education. We had a rewarding opportunity to do so last Friday, as the 23andMe Education Team hosted a holiday event for thirty 4th and 5th grade students from the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (BGCP) in Redwood City. Not far from our Mountain View ...

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Preparing Students for the Genetics Frontier

When David Matthes teaches genetics to college freshmen using personal genomics, he sets his sights beyond effective instruction and beyond his classroom walls. He is trying to increase awareness and knowledge in a deeper way that prepares his students to actively engage in the “post genome” world. “I love ...

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A Fresh Take on Genetics for Freshmen

To teach his students a powerful lesson in genetics, Bryant McAllister, an associate professor of biology at the University of Iowa, poses a simple question. “Who are you?” Dr. McAllister asks. The answer, and the genetic tools to explore it, offer an opportunity for students to learn, not just about ...

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A Note to Educators from 23andMe’s Anne Wojcicki

Making genetics education fun and accessible has been core to our mission since we launched in 2007.   Understanding our genome is possibly the most exciting scientific discovery of our lifetime and it is a scientific experience we should all be able to enjoy and participate in.   At 23andMe we believe anyone ...

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Everyone’s A Winner

Last month we announced the three winners in 23andMe’s first-ever Genetics Image Contest, but we felt like everyone came out ahead by helping to bridge the gap in genetics education. On top of giving out awards to individual winners, 23andMe also gave out stipends to the three schools with the highest ...

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Photogenetics: 23andMe’s Genetics Image Contest

Another school year begins and 23andMe has your first assignment. A picture is worth a thousand words, and we think that’s plenty enough to explain key terms in genetics. So as part of our back-to-school, ah…celebration, 23andMe is having its first “Genetics Image Contest,” which is open to students ...

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23andMe DNA Day Essay Contest

(Editor's note: 23andMe has extended the deadline for the DNA Day Essay Contest to April, so if you haven't yet get your essay in.) Our growing understanding of genetics is reshaping medicine. Having familiarity with this rapidly advancing science will be crucial for those pursuing careers in ...

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Chocolate Broccoli

Ever since my kids were wee tykes in diapers, I’ve gone through the same bedtime routine of reading them a story. We went from picture books to the simple joys of Seuss, to following the wizardly adventures of Harry, Hermione, and Ron. Our nightly page-turners don’t usually delve into the world of science ...

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Fear Not The Genome

We would like to give a little shout-out to Holly Dunsworth, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Rhode Island and a blogger, for her thoughtful post “Be Afraid of Fear, Not Personal Genomics.” While there are legitimate topics for debate about genetic testing, some coverage veers ...

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Lessons at Berkeley: Genetics and Beyond

Having been a genetics educator for over two decades, I was excited to learn in May that Berkeley’s incoming freshman class would have an opportunity to discover whether they have an AA, AG, or GG at a specific site near the LCT gene, along with similar information for the ALDH2 and MTHFR genes.  Time and ...

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