Charles Darwin’s Mysterious Illness

October 23, 2008
In the year 1831, two very important events happened to 22 year-old biologist Charles Darwin.   The first was that he boarded the Beagle, a research vessel upon which he...
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SNPwatch: Bone Marrow Donor’s DNA May Affect Recipient’s Risk of Fungal Infection

October 22, 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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A Genomic Moment

October 21, 2008
Russ Altman. In a recent post on his “Building Confidence” blog, 23andMe scientific advisor Russ Altman recounts an experience that should be familiar to 23andMe customers who regularly read The...
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Meet the Team: Alex Khomenko

October 17, 2008
Alex architects the software that runs 23andMe (Python / C++ / Linux / Apache / MySQL) and manages the engineering team. He’s committed to finding the best ways to quickly...
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Genetics May Dull Brain’s Pleasure Response to Food, Causing Weight Gain

October 16, 2008
Although obesity was seen as a sign of social status during the Renaissance, it’s been known since long before then that being overweight is actually unhealthy. We all know that...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variants Affect Weight Loss Drug Effectiveness

October 16, 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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Genes and Environment Work Together to Increase Risk of Childhood Asthma

October 15, 2008
“I feel like a fish with no water.” That’s how the child in the public service announcement featuring a flopping, gasping goldfish describes what it feels like to have an...
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Roots Television: The Internet TV Channel for Genealogists

October 15, 2008
People naturally yearn to know where they came from. Genealogists scratch that itch by poring over historical documents such as vital records, tax rolls, census lists and diaries to reconstruct...
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Science in the Suburbs, Part II: More from the Personal Genomes Meeting at Cold Spring Harbor

October 14, 2008
As talks began Saturday at Cold Spring Harbor’s first “Personal Genomes” conference, the first half of which I blogged on here, several leading explorers of the strange new world of...
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SNPwatch: Two DNA Variants Linked to Basal Cell Carcinoma, the Most Common Form of Skin Cancer

October 13, 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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