NBC Medical Editor Gets To Know Her Genome

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who received their health information prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will only have access to ancestry information as well as access to their uninterpreted raw data. These new customers may receive health reports in the future dependent on FDA marketing authorization.Dr. Nancy Snyderman, the chief medical editor at NBC News, explores both her and members of her family’s genetics on the Today Show.The good doctor joked that she had a “boring genome,” but the segment does a lot to explain some of the reasons one would want to explore their own DNA for health or ancestry. Here’s the piece.

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The piece that aired is also paired with an online story about genetic testing for health and a video of excerpts from Dr. Snyderman’s conversation with our CEO and Co-founder Anne Wojcicki.

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  • carolyn pooler

    I did the dna last yr..IS there NOW something I can do to get paternal info??

    • ScottH

      Carolyn, I’m not clear what you are asking. If you tested then you would have gotten your results. Your results are about you, but they also give you information about your parents. (You get half your DNA from your mother and half from your father.) Because women do not get a y Chromosome from their father, you will not be able to see your paternal haplogroup unless you have your father tested, or a brother or your father’s brother or your father’s brother’s son. That said you still get information about your father’s ancestry in that you will find DNA Relative matches that come from both your father’s and your mother’s side. In addition your Ancestral Composition is a combination of what you got from both your father and mother. If you know a little bit about their background, you will likely be able to infer what came from your mother and what came from your father.