Category: 23andMe and you

23andPrivacy

By Kate Black, 23andMe Privacy Officer and Corporate Counsel In January, I joined 23andMe to oversee the privacy and security of our customers’ information. I am responsible for coordinating the many teams and team members across 23andMe who manage our website, conduct scientific research, and provide ...

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A New 23andMe Experience

23andMe made some news today, with the launch of a new experience for customers that includes the first and only direct-to-consumer genetic service that meets U.S. FDA standards. We invested nearly two years of work conducting extensive user testing, working with regulators, scientists, physicians, and top ...

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23andSee

Packed tightly into each of your 23 pairs of chromosomes are long strands of DNA that are busting with information about you. Unlocking that library of information can tell you a lot about yourself. We’ve created a visualization that offers you a peek into what you can learn by exploring your own ...

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The Neanderthal in All of Us

Yes you are thoroughly evolved, but don’t be too smug about it because almost all of us are a little Neanderthal, which you can see using 23andMe. First, it’s worth learning a bit of background. Neanderthals are an extinct species of human who died out around 30,000 years ago, but not before leaving a ...

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Haplogroups Explained

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, we will walk through an example of ...

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23 pairs of Chromosomes, One Unique You.

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. Our Customer Care team, gets a lot of questions regarding first steps you need to make to access this ...

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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?

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. with an alphabet made up of just four letters —  A, T, C and G. Those four letters represent the nucleotide bases — adenine, thymine, cytosine and guanine — that are the ...

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

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 a “breast cancer ...

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A Father’s Day Ode to the Y-Chromosome

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, we want to step back and ask just the opposite: “Genetically, what do we get from dad?” Our customer care team  have received ...

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