Tag: traits

You Complete Me

If you think that opposites attract, you are likely mistaken, or at least that's what the science says. Over a hundred years ago, researchers first discovered that couples are actually more alike than they are different. One of the first things researchers noted was that tall people tend to partner with ...

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Holiday Party Genetics

Some of the dos and don’t of your annual office holiday party should be kind of obvious — don’t hit on your boss and maybe take it easy on the spiked punch — but knowing how your DNA influences how your body responds to alcohol or sweets might help you navigate the pitfalls of this year’s ...

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A Real Nail Biter

A lot of people bite their nails. It’s not that unusual, but researchers looking at the underlying biology for individuals who do it often are learning that frequent nail-biting may point to more serious conditions. For people who frequently bite their nails, the habit is associated with higher chances of ...

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Find Us At ASHG

Attending the annual American Society of Human Genetics meeting in Vancouver next week? We'd love to hear from you! Attend our talks, come by our posters, and find us at our booth. The 23andMe research team has a full slate of presentations and posters at ASHG this year. Wednesday, Oct 19 TALK 11:30am ...

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23andMe Scientists To Present New Findings

23andMe scientists will be at the annual American Society of Human Genetics meeting in Vancouver this month sharing a wide spectrum of interesting data that includes more on the genetics of Parkinson’s disease, promising new methods for drug discovery, and even some fun findings around traits like nail biting ...

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Study Shows Genetic Variants that Influence Multiple Traits and Conditions

Researchers know that certain genes, or more accurately regions in our genes, are multitaskers, influencing a wide variety of traits and conditions that range from such things as the size of our noses to our susceptibility to childhood ear infections to our risk for Parkinson’s disease. A new study led by ...

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Unibrows And The Study of Human Variation

Frida Kahlo accented her unibrow, while the late Soviet leader Leonard Brezhnev presumably didn’t care about his, and neither of them knew anything about the genetics behind what gave them their distinctive bushy brows. A new study by researchers at the University College London identified some of the ...

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The Lasting Legacy of Neanderthals

New research by scientists at Vanderbilt University adds to our understanding of the legacy of our ancient cousins, the Neanderthals. The study looked specifically at health conditions, finding associations between Neanderthal DNA and conditions related to immune response, blood clotting, and depression by ...

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Seeing Double

Twins have long fascinated us as humans, so much so that twin stories are ingrained in the mythology of almost every culture. Beyond folklore, the study of twins has also become bedrock for much of what we know about the genetics of many traits, diseases and other conditions. For scientists, twins offer a ...

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The New 23andMe Experience: A Look at Our Trait Reports

The new customer experience at 23andMe is about more than just our new look; it's also about new features. Among those new features are our new Trait Reports. These reports can be a fun way to learn how your genetics influence such things as the color of your eyes, whether you’ve got dimples, and if you ...

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