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Why it is scientifically ridiculous for anyone to claim genetic superiority

By |March 25th, 2016|Misused Genetics|

DNA is amazing! But your Genome is not special The idea that a particular genetic lineage is some how ‘pure’ is absolutely ridiculous. No matter what the context, the visualisation of your DNA as something perfect that can be polluted is at best scientifically inaccurate, and at worst the first step on the road to [...]

The E word: Eugenics, Negative and Positive

By |March 22nd, 2016|The History of Genetics|

I have been flicking through a Pelican book on Genetics that was published in 1948 and it has some really interesting bits in it (even though one or two outdated word usages did occasionally make me baulk - it is after all nearly 70 years old). At the time this book was published the [...]

How different can identical twins look?

By |March 19th, 2016|Genetics In The News|

How different can ‘identical’ twins be? I have seen a few news articles recently exclaiming cases of identical (monozygotic) twins with very different appearances. Although this initially seems odd and inexplicable (and apparently news-worthy), when we take a look at the underlying genetics there are actually some relatively simple explanations that can account for these [...]

23andMe: What is it? What does it tell you? How do you do it?

By |March 10th, 2016|Consumer Genetic Testing|

What is 23andMe? 23andMe is a company that offers genetic testing direct to consumers through the magic of posting your spit in a tube. It was founded by Linda Avey, Paul Cusenza, and Anne Wojcicki (former wife of Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin) and received quite substantial investment from Google in its early days. Ignoring [...]


By |March 10th, 2016|Consumer Genetic Testing, General, Genetics In The News|

  Hello! Welcome to! I have recently started exploring personalised genetic testing and have started this blog to share my experiences online as I try out different tests and tools. I have already been tested with 23andMe (which I will be posting about shortly) and will be having my whole genome sequenced with a [...]