Not just ancestry: 23andMe and genomic research

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Google Community Space

188 The Embarcadero · San Francisco, CA

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We will be in the main event space on the first floor (around the corner from where we usually are). Knock on the door or press the buzzer if there's no Humanist to let you in, and the friendly security guard will show you to our event.

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This event is sponsored by the Bay Area Humanists and cross-posted from

While most people are familiar with 23andMe's commercial products such as sequencing of DNA to determine ancestry, many do not realize that we have the largest re-contactable research database of genotypic and phenotypic information in the world. More than eight million 23andMe customers have consented to participate in research and have contributed over two billion phenotypic data points via surveys. Their contributions have contributed to 130+ peer reviewed publications on wide variety of topics, from wellness and behavior, to diseases or chronic conditions. We are always dreaming up new ways to innovate, such as enabling people to participate in studies from the convenience of their phones, asking research participants to self-administer a well-established pain endurance test, and recruiting tens of thousands of research participants at breakneck speeds. Jennifer McCreight, Ph.D. will talk about how 23andMe's unique research model works and highlight some of the genetic discoveries we have made by inviting customers to participate in research.

Jennifer McCreight is the Science Communication Program Manager at 23andMe. In this role she oversees the outward communication of 23andMe research studies, develops educational resources about genetics, and manages their collegiate Genetics Club program. She earned her PhD in Genome Sciences from the University of Washington, where she studied the evolution of microRNA in primates and was a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow. During her time at UW, Jennifer was the President of Women in Genome Sciences, a graduate student organization focused on improving the recruitment and retention of women in the field of genomics. In addition to her research endeavors, Jennifer also wrote a popular blog on skepticism for 6 years and has given more than 50 lectures on genetics and evolution for the general public.

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