SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Linked to Common Form of Language Impairment

November 06, 2008
SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may...
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Very Personalized Medicine: Genome Sequencing Reveals Mutations Behind One Woman’s Cancer

November 05, 2008
Understanding the genetic changes that lead to different cancers is key to more effective diagnosis and treatment of the disease. And thanks to the availability of faster, cheaper genome sequencing...
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Mom’s Experience Can Affect Your Genes

November 03, 2008
We all know that what a mother eats, drinks, smokes and does during pregnancy can affect her child’s prenatal development. But can it actually affect the baby’s DNA? Animal studies...
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TIME to Thank Our Friends

October 31, 2008
It was a great honor to learn yesterday that the 23andMe Personal Genome Serviceâ„¢ has been named TIME Magazine’s 2008 Invention of the Year. Today the Spittoon would like to...
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Ripples in the Mediterranean: Tracing the Genetic Origins of the Phoenicians

October 30, 2008
About 3,500 years ago the Phoenicians expanded from their homeland in present-day Syria and Lebanon, using their superior maritime technology to establish trading posts across southern Europe and North Africa....
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Creating the Invention of the Year: A Look Behind the Scenes

October 30, 2008
Editor’s Note: This week TIME Magazine is naming the 23andMe Personal Genome Serviceâ„¢ its Invention of the Year, an honor that the publication has previously bestowed on innovations such as...
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Not So Close Neighbors: The Genetically Isolated People of Finland

October 29, 2008
Even though European populations have been studied for years, there are still many lingering questions as to the continent’s population history — especially with regards to isolated peoples.   Understanding...
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23andKids: Growing Up Genotyped

October 28, 2008
Photo by Hsien-Hsien Lei, Eye on DNA. “Data, data, data! I want to see my data!” sang my 7-year-old, jumping around the kitchen, strumming his air guitar. What on earth...
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Did Neanderthals and Humans Mate? Absence of Evidence is Not Evidence of Absence

October 27, 2008
The Spittoon has pointed out several times in the last few months (here, here and here) that when researchers look for evidence of interbreeding between early humans and Neanderthals, they...
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Meet the Team: Michelle Whirl Carrillo

October 24, 2008
Michelle is 23andMe’s curation manager. “Curation” often evokes images of an old scholar in a musty museum categorizing dinosaur bones for museum exhibits. But in the past decade or so,...
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