Ancestry at 23andMe: New Insights for Sheridan

January 24, 2013
We first met Sheridan* in the fall of 2010. As an adoptee, she was curious about her DNA and what 23andMe might be able to tell her. With the help of old friends and some new ones on 23andMe, Sheridan learned about her global origins and connected with DNA relatives. Now Sheridan is back and learning even more about herself with the help of 23andMe's new and improved Ancestry features.
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Cilantro Love and Hate: Is it a Genetic Trait?

September 24, 2012
For some people, dining out can be a minefield for the tastebuds, and cilantro is often the culprit. Why do some people love cilantro, while others hate it with every fiber of their being? We put the cilantro taste question to about 50,000 23andMe customers, asking whether they liked the taste of cilantro and whether they thought cilantro had a soapy taste. When we compared the DNA of the cilantro haters to the DNA of cilantro lovers, we found a genetic variation associated with the trait.
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Announcing the 23andMe Personal Genome API

September 18, 2012
23andMe’s Mike Polcari discussing the API at the 2012 Quantified Self meeting Calling all developers! Do you spend hours playing with genetic data, turning As, Ts, Cs, and Gs into...
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African Ancestry and Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

September 13, 2012
A study published in March in the journal PLoS ONE suggests that having more African ancestry is associated with higher risk for type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is one...
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Genetics linked to breast size and breast cancer risk

July 03, 2012
23andMe’s latest research paper, published in the journal BMC Medical Genetics, shows that genetic factors influence whether women have double As or double Ds. This might sound a bit frivolous at first but our research uncovered surprising connections between the genetics of breast size and the genetics of breast cancer.
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Three Degrees of Genetic Separation

June 08, 2012
What do Martha Stewart and Samuel L. Jackson have in common? Besides being supremely successful in their respective careers, Stewart and Jackson both share a mutual 4th cousin based on 23andMe's DNA analysis. But their connection is not so unique -- it turns out that between most people there is at most three degrees of genetic separation.
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Oldest vs. Youngest — Let the Sibling Rivalries Begin!

June 06, 2012
Ever felt like your studious oldest sibling was more responsible? Or that your rebellious younger sibling always got the most attention? Our latest quiz questions our thoughts about the effects birth order has on personality, accomplishment, and life choices.
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Quiz Answers: Mac vs. Windows — Was Your Intuition Right?

May 30, 2012
Last week we quizzed our readers on traits that differed between 23andMe customers who use Macs versus those who use Windows. Congratulations to, the winner of the quiz! She got all three answers correct and will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. So what were the correct answers? Read on…
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Mac vs. PC — What Are Users Actually Like?

May 23, 2012
We may not be able to tell you if Mac users are more likely to be hipsters, but we did find some interesting correlations with 23andMe customers* who use Macs and with customers who use Windows. Guess right in our quiz and you could win a prize!
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What Do You Know About Heritability?

May 09, 2012
Is it nature or nature? One concept scientists use to describe this balance is "heritability". But there are some nuances to this concept that often cause it to be misinterpreted. Show us what you know about heritability in this week's quiz!
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