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Olympic Search

Fast and sure on the ice, Olympic gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno was less sure about his ancestral background. Raised by a single father, who’d immigrated to the United States from Japan, Apolo didn’t know much about his mother’s side of the family. On a recent episode of the syndicated family history ...

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Science’s Rock Stars

Seth McFarlane brought the humor, Pharrell Williams the glam, and this year’s winners of the Breakthrough Prize brought the wonder of science. At a glitzy awards ceremony broadcast live from Silicon Valley Sunday night on the National Geographic Channel, the winners were singled out for their ...

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Good Morning Friend

They’ve been friends since the first grade, so Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, YouTube stars with their own daily show, decided to see if there might be some deeper explanation for their tight bond. On a recent episode of their popular show “Good Mythical Morning” the two looked at their 23andMe results ...

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Meeting At the Crossroads

A skull found in a previously undisturbed cave in Israel may hold important new evidence not just about when modern humans migrated out of Africa, but also when and where they crossed paths and may have mixed with our ancient cousins, the Neanderthals, according to a paper published last month by scientists ...

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Top Genetic Findings of 2014

The pace of discovery in genetics is such that every few months a new finding has the potential to change something fundamental about our understanding of the science. To keep up, we here at 23andMe take a moment to look back and list the top genetic findings of the year. • Ebola DNA As health workers ...

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Dem Bones

Svante Pääbo and his team in Leipzig are up to it again, sequencing a 45,000 year-old leg bone found on a riverban in Siberia and revealing more detail about interbreeding between modern humans and our early human cousins, the Neanderthals. No stranger to extracting ancient DNA, Pääbo, the director of ...

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Neanderthal Fade Away

Neanderthals, our ancient cousins whose DNA is still found in traces in modern humans, faded away in Europe about 10,000 years earlier than scientists once thought, according to a new study by researchers at Oxford. Using an improved method for radiocarbon dating, the researchers took samples from about ...

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Breathless Over New Finding Using Ancient DNA

With one very important exception Tibetans and their Han Chinese neighbors are genetically very similar, but that one difference makes all the difference. In the breathlessly thin air of the Himalayas, Tibetans have a genetic variant that makes them keenly well adapted to living on the “roof of the world.” ...

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A Conversation With 23andMe’s Eric Durand

This interview is part of an occasional series of profiles introducing you to the people behind 23andMe’s compelling research. Eric Durand has been instrumental in developing several ancestry features at 23andMe including tools that allow customers to see their Neanderthal percentage and to use to see what ...

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