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Fighting Cancer Together

The American Society of Clinical Oncology recently wrapped up its annual meeting, bringing together health care professionals focused on the fight against cancer. The five days were packed with mind-expanding science and encouraging updates on new efforts for research collaboration between doctors, ...

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Make That Three Degrees of Separation

Check out this post to see an illustration of the three degrees of separation between guests on Finding Your Roots. When we learn about our ancestors, who they were and where they came from, the discoveries become part of how we define ourselves and how we understand ourselves to be unique. The PBS series ...

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23andMe to Present Data from Sarcoma Research at Oncology Conference

Starting today cancer researchers will be gathering in Chicago at the meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Researchers and doctors at the annual meeting — the world’s largest oncology conference — will hear about the most promising drugs being developed to fight cancer. They’ll spend five ...

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Who Were the Parents of Jacob Youngman?

During the series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  on PBS, The Spittoon  featured posts from 23andMe’s Ancestry Ambassadors. This is the last of their own stories about using DNA to dig into ancestry. By Tim Janzen, M.D. For over 30 years I have been trying to determine the ancestry of my ...

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DNA USA

Bryan Sykes, the evolutionary geneticist at Oxford University and the author of The Seven Daughters of Eve, is adding to his oeuvre of popular work on genetics with his new book, DNA USA, A Genetic Portrait of America. As with his previous work, Sykes breaks down some of the complicated aspects of genetics ...

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Ashkenazi and Me – Discovering Unknown Jewish Ancestry with 23andMe

Jennie Cole, c.1895 As the series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. begins its 10-week run on PBS, The Spittoon will feature posts from 23andMe’s Ancestry Ambassadors featuring their own stories about using DNA to dig into ancestry. By CeCe Moore I have always felt a special affinity for ...

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National Cancer Research Awareness Month

Cancer is not one disease, but many. Even looking specifically at breast cancer or sarcoma, the more researchers study these diseases, the more they understand that there are many different kinds of breast cancer and sarcoma. This has been one of the most challenging aspects of researching cures for ...

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Ride With Larry

Andrew Rubin and Ricardo Villarreal’s film Ride With Larry is about more than a guy with Parkinson’s pedaling across South Dakota. It's about the singular idea that whatever life throws at you the best choice is to live to the fullest. “I’ll never give up,” Larry Smith says at one point during the film. ...

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Proposal to Extend Genetic Privacy Protections in California

In an effort to extend the state’s privacy protections to people’s genetic material, California State Senator Alex Padilla D-Pacoima recently introduced the California Genetic Information Privacy Act. Last year, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law another bill authored by Padilla that extended the ...

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Michael J. Fox, Our Big-Time Hero

Todd Sherer, CEO of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, with Michael J. Fox and Anne Wojcicki Michael J. Fox is a great actor, but his smiles and good humor during a visit to 23andMe headquarters in Mountain View this week were fully sincere. “I really mean what I say when I express optimism, positivity and ...

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