Founding Fathers’ DNA

Editor's note: We first ran this blog post a few years back and thought we'd revisit it for this year's July 4th. Through the magic of the Internet you can now examine the yellowing letters of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin’s first ideas for a colonial confederation in his own handwriting and early ...

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Ali and Parkinson’s

In his last fight— the one against Parkinson’s — Muhammad Ali went the distance finally succumbing in early June to complications from a respiratory problem. He was 74. In the more than 30 years since Ali was first diagnosed, our understanding of Parkinson’s has changed enormously and yet there is still ...

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Designing the New 23andMe Homepage

A Personalized Guide to the Incredible You By Scott Andress, Director of Product Design at 23andMe Your 23andMe results have arrived. The day you’ve been waiting for is here. It’s the culmination of curiosity, mystery – even trepidation. What will you find out about yourself and your family? The answers ...

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New Genetic Associations Found for Migraines

In the largest-ever genetic study of migraines, a group of scientists led by researchers at Harvard and at the Broad Institute found dozens of new genetic variants associated with these sometimes debilitating headaches that are estimated to affect as many as a billion people worldwide. Along with ...

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Happy Father’s Day

Over the years we've been lucky enough to hear from customers who've used 23andMe to connect with their dads. Some of them simply shared their results to see the kinds of traits they shared with the fathers. But several customers, mostly adoptees, have been able to use 23andMe to find their biological ...

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Planning Ahead

There’s a time when all of us settle down, but Robert isn’t there quite yet. He’s 29, single and has a good job as an architect. He’s in no rush, but all the same that hasn’t stopped him from at least thinking about his future and what comes next. In part that’s why he tested with 23andMe. “I was ...

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Forever Grateful

This past weekend the Parkinson’s disease community and the world at large lost a truly inspirational leader with the passing of Muhammad Ali. We want to express our sympathy to his family for their loss and join countless others in celebrating his life and extraordinary achievements on behalf of many causes. ...

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Know Your Roots

Among the many brilliant performances on the History Channels remake of the series Roots, is the role of Kizzy, played by Anika Noni Rose, the actress best known for her work on the stage. Like many of the actors who were part of this series, and the original that first aired 39 years ago, the part had ...

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Neanderthals Were More Advanced Than Once Believed

Two fire-scarred circular structures found hidden in a cave in France have altered scientists’ perceptions of our early human cousins, the Neanderthals. What these almost 200,000 year-old sophisticated structures were used for remains unknown, but their discovery, described in the journal Nature, ...

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Roots Revisited

In a wonderful interview he did with comedian W. Kamau Bell, actor and producer Levar Burton explained the significance of the current reboot of the series Roots on the History Channel. “Whether you feel like it has any relevance or meaning to you, the real truth is that it does,” Burton said featured in ...

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