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Nebula Genomics

23andMe sales, coupons, and discounts

23andMe introduction 23andMe is one of the world’s most popular DNA testing kits. Over 10 million 23andMe kits have been sold since the company was founded in 2006. We start with an overview of the 23andMe tests and their cost. After that, we will dive into 23andMe Sales, Coupons, and Discounts. Did you know that

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Nebula Genomics

Ancestry sales, coupons, and discounts

Ancestry Introduction Ancestry DNA was launched in 2012. Today, with over 16 million samples, it has the world’s largest DNA database. Ancestry DNA has also the largest collection of family history records, containing over 100 million family trees. We start with an overview of the Ancestry tests and their cost. After that, we will dive into

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Garrett Dunlap

APOE – What can it tell about your Alzheimer’s risk? [JULY 2020]

Apolipoproteins – cholesterol “cargo ships” In this blog post we will discuss APOE (Apolipoprotein E) and its role in Alzheimer’s disease. Cholesterol and fats receive much bad publicity. Many people are surprised to learn that they play an important role in our bodies! Cholesterol is critical for producing hormones, which act as chemical messengers in

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Ankeeta Shah

MTHFR – Why is there so much interest in this gene?

Introduction You may have heard about the buzz about the gene 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, or MTHFR for short. Thousands of studies have been published linking genetic variants, or mutations, in this gene, to hundreds of medical conditions. These medical conditions include cardiovascular diseases, blood clotting issues, psychiatric disorders, developmental disorders, pregnancy complications, and cancer. However, the

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Nebula Genomics

The Truth Hurts: DNA Testing Has Not Been Racially Inclusive

Last year, an intern on our team drafted a blog post about genetic diversity titled “The Truth Hurts” that was left unpublished because, honestly, we were uncomfortable about how it might be received. The reality is that by not publishing that post, we were contributing to the racism that is plaguing our society. The Nebula team has spent the last week listening and

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Intro to DNA Testing Methods

Genetic testing has never been easier. At-home DNA testing services continue to grow in popularity as ways to learn more about your ancestry and inherited traits. However, sifting through all of the companies and DNA testing types to find the best DNA test can be overwhelming.  Here, we give you a brief overview of the

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Ankeeta Shah

Y chromosomes and mitochondrial DNA – A new frontier of genetic ancestry

In his famous 1859 book On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin described the Tree of Life, noting that evolutionary descent has “sometimes been represented by a great tree.” Generations of scientists have been connecting branches between species with a combination of morphological and genetic data. The focus has narrowed over time to the study

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Coleman Harris

COVID-19 and the 2003 SARS outbreak

Introduction to SARS The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) emerged in 2003 in China. An epidemic followed, spreading across 26 countries and infecting over 8000 people before the virus was contained. The typical symptoms of SARS are similar to the flu, including fever, headache, and overall feelings of discomfort. Severe cases of the illness

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According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (COVID-19) make up a large family of viruses named for the crown-like spikes found on their surface.
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Ankeeta Shah

The Contagious Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) For the past few months, the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 that causes the disease COVID-19), which emerged in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, has been making headlines as a rapidly evolving public health threat. To date, over 95,000 cases and 3,200 deaths have been reported in 85 countries and territories. Moreover,

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Ankeeta Shah

Ending the Diagnostic Odyssey

It is estimated that 350 million people worldwide suffer from one of 7,000 rare diseases, which are diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 patients. Approximately 50% of people affected are children. Typically, it takes five to seven years to diagnose a rare disease and involves children and their families visiting an average of seven different

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Coleman Harris

Can income be linked to genetics?

A new study says that genetics affects household income, but the evidence is not as clear as it sounds. What the research says (and doesn’t say) The researchers conducted a genome-wide association study (GWAS) that looked for genetic variants that contributed to differences in household income. We’ve explained GWAS before on this blog – essentially,

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From one to millions – the age of population genomics

More than 15 years ago, the Human Genome Project produced a single human genome at a cost of over $3 billion. Since then, exponentially decreasing costs have enabled researchers to sequence the genomes of hundreds of thousands of people. Today, national governments across the globe are initiating large scale population genomics projects to gain insights

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Increasing Diversity in Genomic Research

We live in an age of ever-increasing data. In just about every field imaginable, data is being generated at a mind-blowing pace. Luckily, this data isn’t simply sitting around collecting dust, but instead, it’s being mined for meaningful insights that can fuel progress across our society. This is particularly true in genomics as the technologies

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Garrett Dunlap

G-what?: An introduction to the genome-wide association study (GWAS)

When the successful sequencing of the human genome was first announced in early 2003, many thought that this would revolutionize how we understand health and disease. Through this decade-long effort that cost nearly $3 billion, scientists had painstakingly identified the genetic code that makes us who we are and impacts many of our traits and

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Nebula Genomics

Coffee & Conversations: How Nebula helped Johnny

Buckle up with Nebula! Navigating life’s winding road can be difficult. Throw in some speed bumps, potholes, detours and it can be easy to lose control. For Johnny Ohl, Nebula helped him buckle up and steady that steering wheel so he could have a happier journey in life. Take it from him: Ever since I

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Garrett Dunlap

Is Loneliness Encoded in Your DNA?

The Loneliness Epidemic Humans are social creatures. Whether from missing out on that concert it seems like everyone is posting pictures of, moving to a new job in a new city, or following the death of a loved one, we’ve all experienced loneliness at some point. In fact, some say loneliness is on the rise

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Nebula Genomics

What determines which hand is our dominant one?

A genetic look at lefties If spiral-bound notebooks, scissors, and can openers are your mortal enemies, than chances are you are left-handed. Yes, lefties understand — often from painful first-hand experience, pardon the pun — the struggles of living in a world designed for right-handers. While only about 10 percent of the population is left-handed,

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Garrett Dunlap

Is our sexuality determined by our genetics?

Nebula Genomics started with the goal of providing secure genome sequencing while empowering customers to better understand the genetics of what makes us unique. Genetics plays a key role in helping to determine many things about ourselves. From hair color to hand dominance to risk of developing heart disease, many qualities are linked to genes

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Coffee & Conversations: Why did Irene choose Nebula?

The coffee and pastries splayed across her wooden table are forgotten as Irene Cross speaks. It’s quiet in her apartment, the light taps of rain on the window seem to come from far away as we lean in to listen. As she recounts her life’s history, she explains: “Everybody has a story… if they just

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Nebula Genomics

The Future of Genomic Medicine

What is genomic medicine? Genomics is the study of an organism’s complete genetic code or DNA sequence, and how the genes made up by that DNA interact with each other and the environment to make that organism what it is. The human genome was sequenced for the first time with the completion of the Human

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World Rare Disease Day: What It Means to be Rare

Today, the world focuses its attention on these patients during international World Rare Disease Day. World Rare Disease Day occurs on the last day of February every year and is highlighted across social media, legislative conferences, community events, and seeks to raise public awareness about the lives of people with rare diseases and the challenges they face. On this day, patients, medical professionals, caregivers, health advocates, and policy makers come together to discuss new ways to improve both care and quality of life for patients and their families.

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Nebula Genomics

Podcast: What’s in the Water at the George Church Lab?

Jorge Conde (JC) of Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) recently spoke with Nebula Genomics co-founder, George Church (GC). When Jorge and George discuss diagnosis and prevention of disease [14:15] and the reasons why the number of people that have had their whole genome sequenced is still very low [19:35], it reminds us of our mission at Nebula

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Nebula Genomics

DNA Privacy. A New Approach.

Genetic testing kits are one of the hottest consumer products on the market today. More than 26 million people have taken an at-home ancestry test. In the last year alone, more people have done a direct to consumer DNA test than all prior years combined. If the trend continues, it is estimated that within the…

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Nebula Genomics

How we Benefit from DNA Testing

When the first smartphones arrived, few people understood how they would change our reality. Today, our internet-connected mobile device maps our travel, manages our finances, delivers our dinner, and connects us to every corner of human knowledge. In less than a generation, it has become almost an extension of our central nervous system — so indispensable that

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