genetics 101

23andMe’s Homage to Jeopardy!

February 27, 2013
Last week we put up a quiz in the spirit of Jeopardy! after host Alex Trebek made use of 23andMe in one of his game clues. The time was up...
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The Genetics of Your Christmas Tree

December 24, 2012
If you could just get your Christmas tree to spit into a tube and extract some DNA, you might learn a lot about your holiday decoration. For starters, you might...
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Genetics at the Thanksgiving Dinner Table

November 21, 2012
Thanksgiving — it’s a time for friends, family and, of course, food. Thanks to modern science, we now know quite a lot about the foods that grace our holiday tables....
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Chocolate Broccoli

October 05, 2012
Ever since my kids were wee tykes in diapers, I’ve gone through the same bedtime routine of reading them a story. We went from picture books to the simple joys...
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Back to School: Sex Chromosomes Quiz Results

September 26, 2012
The 23rd Chromosome This month we’ve run a series of quizzes for the back-to-school season. Here’s are the answers to our third and final quiz. Congratulations to Toni K., who...
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Back-to-School: Genetics 101 Quiz Results

September 17, 2012
Okay students, pencils down! A week ago Friday we posted the second in a three-part series of educational courses for back-to-school season. The entries are now in. You can see...
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Genetics 101 Quiz Extended

September 10, 2012
Attention all students! We’re extending the Genetics 101 quiz through Sunday, September 16th to give everyone plenty of time to brush up on their genetics and earn a chance to...
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Back-to-School: Genetics 101

September 07, 2012
Our Hero Gregor Mendel, an Austrian monk and biologist, worked out the pattern of inheritance of various traits. He showed that a “dominant” trait is one that always shows up...
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Back-to-School: Human Prehistory 101 Test Results

September 05, 2012
Correction: Ouch! We mistakenly listed the wrong answer to the last question in the quiz. It has been corrected. Populations are more similar now than they were 500 years ago...
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Back-to-School: Human Prehistory 101

August 31, 2012
Soon children will be filling their backpacks with new notebooks and pencils and piling into yellow school buses.   Even if your school days are long past, you need not...
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