Genetic Ancestry Matters in Precision Medicine

It's long been known that disease risk is different among different ethnic groups, and so too is the effectiveness of certain treatments, but we still don’t know exactly why that is. UCSF medical researcher Esteban Burchard, MD, MPH, has focused his work on solving this puzzle and focusing more genetic ...

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Genetic evidence of assortative mating in humans

If you think that opposites attract, you are likely mistaken, or at least that's what the science says. Over a hundred years ago, researchers first discovered that couples are actually more alike than they are different. One of the first things researchers noted was that tall people tend to partner with ...

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Our Take On The MTHFR Gene

Editor's note: Soon after we put up this post, the US Preventive Services Task Force released updated guidelines for folic acid supplementation that include specific mention of MTHFR. The methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene, more commonly known as MTHFR, is the most asked-about gene by 23andMe ...

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Our Top Five from 2016

Just before we kick off another year of blogging, it’s worth taking a moment to look back and single out what for us were some of the big stories, breakthroughs or findings in genetics from last year. Here is our top five. Diversity — For a very long time, medical research in general has focused largely on ...

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The Gift

The stories all start the same — with a 23andMe kit given at Christmas — but then they follow their own fascinating narratives that are as unique as the customers who share them with us. Almost daily we hear from people who’ve learned something new about themselves or their families using 23andMe. Some of ...

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O Christmas Tree

Editor’s note: We first wrote about the Christmas Tree genome a few years ago,  but it's worth another look.  There is some real interesting science around sequencing various conifers, like the Loblolly pine, the Norway spruce, and  California sugar pine, which is endangered. While pines only have 12 ...

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Genetics Education And The One And Only Me

23andMe again turned to Ariana Killoran to complete its newest book, The One And Only Me, which communicates the complicated and important science of genetics in a way that kids can understand. This is the second children’s book on genetics by Ariana, an illustrator who has worked with the company since its ...

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Holiday Party Genetics

Some of the dos and don’t of your annual office holiday party should be kind of obvious — don’t hit on your boss and maybe take it easy on the spiked punch — but knowing how your DNA influences how your body responds to alcohol or sweets might help you navigate the pitfalls of this year’s ...

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Meet Your Chromosome Painting

Editor's note: The images in this post have been updated after Sarah's results were phased against her parents. Sarah Laskey, 23andMe Product Scientist The Chromosome Painting is one of my favorite parts of the 23andMe experience because it is packed with information. Then again, it can also be a little ...

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Tracing Back to Africa

DNA extracted from bones at a burial site in a rocky valley on a remote island in the South Atlantic could hold important information for those with ancestral roots in Africa. A fascinating article in Nature, describes work led by Hannes Schroeder to make that connection. Schroeder, a researcher at the ...

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