Category: 23andMe and you

Haplogroups Explained

By Thomas Le Many 23andMe customers that contact Customer Care are confused by their haplogroup assignments and what they actually mean. But knowing your haplogroup, and how you can use it, can give you much more clarity about your own ancestry. So in the interest of helping you out, I’ll walk through ...

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23 pairs of Chromosomes, One Unique You.

By Lindsay Grove Whether you ordered 23andMe to learn more about your ancestry, or to participate in research, or to connect with relatives, every 23andMe customer can learn something about what makes them unique. Lindsay Grove Job: Ancestry, accounts and registration specialist on the Customer Care ...

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Efforts to Improve Genetic Literacy

A set of national genetic science standards for elementary through high school students in the United States offers a modest improvement over state-based standards, but still falls short of conveying some key genetic concepts, according to a new study by science educators with the American Society of Human ...

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What’s Your Type?

By Danielle Hayes We are all unique, and knowing our genotypes at specific places in our genomes may give each of us a better understanding as to why. Danielle Hayes Job: Health, raw data, research and sample processing specialist on the Customer Care Team From: Missoula, Montana Education: BS, ...

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All About that Base (Pair): The Significance of your Genotypes

By Clare Raczkowski I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but you don’t have a gene for being tall, or a gene for caffeine addiction or a gene for intelligence. No one does. In an effort to simplify the science, the media sometimes talks about genetics and the influence of genes in these terms. But there is not ...

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A Father’s Day Ode to the Y-Chromosome

By Cameron Kruse Around this time every year we turn our attention toward the patriarchs of our respective families and collectively ask: “What should we get dad for father’s day?” Today, I want to step back and ask just the opposite: “Genetically, what do we get from dad?” As a customer care ...

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Don’t Know Much About History?

High school teacher Thomas Holterman wanted to show his students that some of the human story and our own family history are written in our DNA if we choose to explore it. Holterman is one of four teachers who won an award for lesson plans they developed as part of the Genetics Learning Challenge, ...

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Everyone’s A Winner

Last month we announced the three winners in 23andMe’s first-ever Genetics Image Contest, but we felt like everyone came out ahead by helping to bridge the gap in genetics education. On top of giving out awards to individual winners, 23andMe also gave out stipends to the three schools with the highest ...

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Genetics Image Contest

If you haven’t already, there’s still time to submit entries in 23andMe’s first “Genetics Image Contest.” We're extending the deadline to get your entries in so you really have no excuse not to send in something. We are also expanding who is eligible to enter, allowing all US residents who are 18 and older ...

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A DNA Day Quiz

It's been more than 60 years since Francis Crick and James Watson described the double helix structure of DNA. And a little over a decade since scientists first decoded the human genome. But there is still much to discover about human genetics. Find out what you can learn about your own DNA with this fun ...

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