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23andMe presents top 10 most interesting genetic findings of 2010
Date:1/12/2011

teething and other aspects of infant development may have far reaching implications. As the study authors explained, "the discoveries of genetic and environmental determinants of human development will help us to understand the development of many disorders which appear later in life. We hope also that these discoveries will increase knowledge about why fetal growth seems to be such an important factor in the development of many chronic diseases."

"SNPwatch: Researchers Identify Variations Associated With When Junior Gets His First Chompers." Mar 4, 2010. The Spittoon. http://spittoon.23andme.com/2010/03/04/snpwatch-researchers-identify-variations-associated-with-when-junior-gets-his-first-chompers/

Pillas D et al. (2010) Genome-wide Association Study Reveals Multiple Loci Associated with Primary Tooth Development during Infancy. PLoS Genet. 6(2): e1000856

8. Before you call that relative a "Neanderthal," some more of what we've learned about our distant past

Many 23andMe customers are drawn by interest in their ancestry, confirming family history and sometimes finding unexpected family lines. But what about evidence of Neanderthal DNA in your genome? This fall, a study of the Neanderthal genome, published in the journal Science presented strong evidence from genome sequencing that humans and Neanderthals interbred.

John Timmer from Ars Technica summarizes scientists' current thinking on this topic well, saying the evidence "became apparent when the Neanderthal genome was paired against human genomes from different parts of the globe. The Neanderthal DNA consistently matched European and Asian samples better than it did African; the difference was small, but consistent. It suggested that the Neanderthals, which were restricted to Europe and Asia at the time modern h
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