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23andMe Looks Back One More Time

In honor of the Chinese New Year, we’re taking one last look at the genetic milestones of 2013. From a Supreme Court ruling on patenting genes, to Angelina Jolie’s bold revelations about her genetic risk for breast cancer, to the FDA ordering 23andMe to stop offering health results pending a regulatory ...

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The Smithsonian Opens New Genetics Exhibit

Sixty years after Crick and Watson showed us the double helix structure of DNA, the Smithsonian opens the exhibition “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code,” showing us all how the genetic revolution continues to change our lives, our health and our understanding of the human story. The exhibition — just opened at ...

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The Decade After Decoding

This month marks the tenth anniversary of one of the greatest scientific achievements of our time when in 2003 researchers decoded the last of the three billion letters that make up the human genome. Dr. Eric Green, director of the National Human Genome Project, spoke with reporters a week ago saying that ...

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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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DNA Day is Coming Soon!

DNA Day was created in 2003 by concurrent (Senate and House) congressional resolution to celebrate two important milestones in the study of genetics: the 50th anniversary of the description of the double-helix structure of DNA by James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick and the completion of the Human ...

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Genetics: Looking Back and Looking Forward

The tenth anniversary of the completion of the first draft of the human genome is approaching, apparently putting a lot of scientists in the mood for reflection on the past and speculation about the future of genetics. The journal Nature has a series of opinion articles and two news articles on the ...

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DNA Day 2009 – It’s Almost Here!

DNA Day was created in 2003 by a congressional resolution to celebrate two important milestones in the study of genetics: the 50th anniversary of the description of the double-helix structure of DNA by James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick and the completion of the Human Genome Project. DNA Day is usually ...

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My Mind Has Been Blown By Genome Sequencing

When I was 12 years old I did my first Punnett square and decided that genetics was absolutely, most definitely the coolest thing ever. When I was 13 years old they started the Human Genome Project. The task of sequencing all three billion base pairs in a person’s genome was the most enormous project I ...

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Victor McKusick: 1921-2008

"Sometimes I feel like Sir James Murray must have felt while he was grubbing away at writing the Oxford English Dictionary," the Washington Post once quoted Victor McKusick as saying. "He managed to complete the first 17 letters before he died." When McKusick, University Professor of Medical Genetics at ...

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What is DNA Day About Anyway?

You may have seen our recent posts about DNA-themed activities and events for DNA Day. But what is DNA Day all about anyway? DNA Day was created in 2003 by concurrent (Senate and House) congressional resolution to celebrate two important milestones in the study of genetics: the 50th anniversary of the ...

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