23andMe’s Homage to Jeopardy!

Last week we put up a quiz in the spirit of Jeopardy! after host Alex Trebek made use of 23andMe in one of his game clues.

The time was up last night to make your entry. So here are the answers to our Homage to Jeopardy! Quiz.

Remember you didn’t have to get everything correct to be entered into the giveaway. We’ll announce the two lucky winners on Friday. For more on the rules go  here.

In the meantime, you can grade your own tests. We give you an A for effort. 1) The “23” of 23andMe.com, a site tracing ancestry and personal genetic information, refers to pairs of these…

Too easy. The answer is “What are chromosomes.”

2) Men inherit one copy of this chromosome, while women inherit two …

If you marked your X on “What is the X Chromosome?” you are correct.

3) This recessive disease is characterized by crescent-shaped red blood cells

The correct answer is “What is Sickle cell anemia?”

4) People with two copies of the E4 version of the APOE gene are at significantly increased risk for this disease…

The answer is “What is Alzheimer’s disease?”

5) This famous actor founded a Parkinson’s disease research foundation that partners with 23andMe, Inc…

The answer is “Who is Michael J. Fox?”

6) This fictional adoptee has appeared on the 23andMe blog to illustrate ancestry features…

Who is Sheridan?

7) 23andMe was used to analyze the DNA of famous figures on this PBS genealogy series…

What is “Finding Your Roots”?

8) Isolated populations can have higher rates of specific genetic variations due to this phenomenon…

What is the founder effect?  

  • Dr. Finbar O Mahony (Dublin)

    I have found 23and me very useful in making links to genetic cousins. The health reports are extremely useful also.

  • I have found a 2nd cousin with 23andme.

  • Barbara Ellison

    I’m a subscriber to 23andme…But I didn’t know all the right answers..LOL

    • ScottH

      Barbara you don’t have to get all the answers correct to enter. Good luck.

      • Barbara J Smith

        I don’t expect to get many right if any but I tried.

  • I am a subscriber to 23andMe. Through the raw data and health reports, I discovered that I and family members have pathogenic SNPs that are reasons for our being very ill. The good news is that changes in lifestyle and taking certain supplements are a way around the mutations, so that we all can recover and lead healthy, pain-free lives. None of our illnesses would have been found by our physicians, though they are the best. Practicing medicine without genetic information now seems dangerous and barbaric to me.

    The big surprise: I found out why I am the only blue-eyed blond in my large family. It is because I do not share the same father as my alleged full siblings! At my age (seventy-two), it does not matter, so I do not have a driving desire to learn who my biological father was. So, my ninety-two year-old mother can keep her secret.

    Thanks 23andMe. I would not trade the information your have given us for the world.

  • William F. Dexter

    I hope to find several answers to complete my genealogy.. WFD

  • William F. Dexter

    I’m hoping to gather additional info on my genealogy. Bill

  • I currently get 23 and me. Thank you for the effort and to all of us who have the parkinsons disease. and contribute to your survey. To everyone. Most of the surveys only take a few minutes and what a blessing if they can find a cure for us. I will be 80 this year and was diagnosed abiut 8 years ago. But I see so many that have this disease in their 30’s and 40’s. If we can help find a cure with a few minutes of our time, what blessing it will be.
    God Bless you at 23andme and Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.

  • Sara Kidd

    I have M.S. Is a study of that going on?