Category: recommended reading

The Gene Machine

Each expectant parent brings their own unique mix of emotions to pregnancy, but all of them share the same hope of simply having a healthy and happy baby. Couples go through a slew of tests — from blood draws, to ultrasounds and sometimes amniocentesis. Increasingly, they are also turning to genetic ...

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The Neanderthal Cookbook

It’s not quite waffles and paella, but it appears that Neanderthals were omnivores who adapted to eating whatever was available to them in the regions where they lived. DNA samples extracted from ancient plaque on teeth found in a cave in Belgium and from those found at a site in Northern Spain indicate ...

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O Christmas Tree

Editor’s note: We first wrote about the Christmas Tree genome a few years ago,  but it's worth another look.  There is some real interesting science around sequencing various conifers, like the Loblolly pine, the Norway spruce, and  California sugar pine, which is endangered. While pines only have 12 ...

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A Girl with Guts

At her darkest moment, feeling alone and drained by a daunting disease, Jackie Zimmerman began to write. “This is when things began to change for me,” said Jackie. As she blogged about the isolation of being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and having her large intestine removed, Jackie began to ...

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Long Overdue Recognition

If you don’t know who Evelyn Witkins is perhaps you should. A legendary figure in genetic science, the 94 year-old professor emerita at Rutgers University was awarded in September a Lasker Prize for Basic Medical Research, sometimes referred to as “America’s Nobel.” We here at the blog neglected to ...

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23andMe In The News

23andMe's had a busy week with a lot of media coverage of our new customer experience. For everyone here at 23andMe, the notice is a nice moment after two years of hard work. A lot went into the new experience  from extensive consumer comprehension studies to creative design work that better communicates ...

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Mapping It Out

DNA has been described as both a recipe for life and a record of it, and computational biologist John Novembre — who recently received a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” for his work — is showing just how powerful melding those two elements together can be for scientists. Novembre, who we first ...

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More Than Just Luck

The amazing CeCe Moore, a genetic genealogist and 23andMe Ancestry Ambassador, has done it again, solving a family mystery and helping a woman connect with her biological mother for the first time. “DNA,” Moore told the Orange County Register, “was the only way to solve this.” The story, which appeared ...

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Invisible History

In her wonderful book, “The Invisible History of the Human Race,” writer and journalist Christine Kenneally conveys how your life is part of a thread of life that extends both backward and forward in time. “We live in a temporal envelope,” Kenneally writes. “For most of us the horizon extends forward maybe ...

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Gut Check — A Short List of IBD Blogs

It might not be genetic but there appears to be a clear association between having inflammatory bowel disease and having a damn good sense of humor. IBD is a serious digestive disorder and is no laughing matter. The umbrella diagnosis includes both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and affects an ...

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