publications

Cilantro Love and Hate: Is it a Genetic Trait?

September 24, 2012
For some people, dining out can be a minefield for the tastebuds, and cilantro is often the culprit. Why do some people love cilantro, while others hate it with every fiber of their being? We put the cilantro taste question to about 50,000 23andMe customers, asking whether they liked the taste of cilantro and whether they thought cilantro had a soapy taste. When we compared the DNA of the cilantro haters to the DNA of cilantro lovers, we found a genetic variation associated with the trait.
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Sneezing on Summer Solstice?

June 20, 2012
Today is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and with more light around people with the “ACHOO syndrome” might be sneezing a lot. Do you have this strange but not uncommon reflex? It may be partly due to your genes!
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23andMe’s Latest Publication Shines Light on Male Pattern Baldness and Unexpected Associations with Disease

June 18, 2012
A new paper in PLoS Genetics describes discoveries related to the genetics of male pattern baldness. 23andMe customers represented more than half the cases of male pattern baldness studied, and our unique database also allowed the researchers to uncover unexpected connections between this common trait and specific diseases.
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