Food, Drink and Genomes

Around here, “Can you smell asparagus in your pee?” is totally appropriate party conversation. And “I’m U5a1*” is what people say instead of “I’m a Sagittarius.”

We heard all this and more last night at the first-ever 23andMe User Gathering — a chance for the 23andMe community to get together, mingle, and learn from each other and us.

About 50 23andMe users from the San Francisco Bay Area convened in our offices for drinks, hors d’oeurves and genomics. Maternal haplogroups were proudly displayed on nametags, and the room was abuzz with discussions of genes, odd traits, and family histories.

Some users who had learned surprising things about themselves from our Personal Genome Service shared their stories with us. We love this! (Send your story to [email protected])

Others took the opportunity to ask our scientists and engineers questions about their data or our website. If you weren’t able to make it to the event, don’t forget you can always contact us at [email protected]