2009 Spittoon Highlights – Part 2

In our last post we highlighted a few of the coolest (in our opinion!) health-related developments of 2009.  But human genetics isn't all about disease.  Here are a few more favorites: The Romanovs 2009 saw the identification of the remains of the missing members of this Russian royal family, as well as ...

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2009 Spittoon Highlights – Part 1

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will not. Those customers will have ...

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SNPwatch: Two More Genetic Variants Linked to Cleft Lip and Palate

A new study has identified more common genetic variants associated with increased risk for cleft lip and palate.  Combined with two previous studies (more here and here), there are now four variations that have been associated with this birth defect that affects about one out of every 700 children ...

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New Study Suggests LRRK2 G2019S Mutation Carriers are More Likely to Have Postural Instability and Gait Difficulty Type of Parkinson’s Disease

More than a million Americans have Parkinson’s disease, and another 50,000 are diagnosed each year. There is active research to try to understand this devastating condition, but scientists still don't really know what causes it.  There are no clear environmental triggers for the disease, and genetics doesn’t ...

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23andMe H1N1 Flu Survey: Share Your Experience

By now, you're probably sick of hearing about the 2009 H1N1 flu, also known as the swine flu.  But if you believe you've had it, and you've already recovered from your symptoms, please take a few minutes to complete our new survey. There have been heard reports of people holding "swine flu parties" in ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Association Study of Leprosy Yields New Insights into an Ancient Disease

Leprosy is a chronic, disabling disease caused by a bacterium (Mycobacterium leprae) that infects only humans and armadillos. The disease affects the skin and peripheral nerves, leading to sores, numbness in the limbs, muscle weakness, and, in severe cases, disfiguring nodules on the skin. Known since ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Associated with Multiple Sclerosis Risk May Also Be Linked to Number of Spinal Cord Lesions in People with MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) afflicts the central nervous system, causing unpredictable and varying symptoms that differ from person to person. About one in 700 people in the United States is affected by the disease. Although there is currently no cure for MS, there are treatments that can slow the progression of ...

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23andMe Sports Injuries Survey: Staying in the Game

Nobody likes that sick feeling you get in your stomach when you watch a young college athlete hit the ground in pain and you wonder if his or her career is over before it even started.  And who can forget how Bo Jackson, Steve Young and Dikembe Mutombo, all superstar professionals, saw their illustrious ...

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23andMe Longevity Survey: Help Us Discover the Keys to Living a Long, Healthy Life

From alchemists and the Philosopher's Stone to Ponce de Leon and the Fountain of Youth, history is full of stories of people searching for a way to extend life indefinitely.  In recent years, discoveries about the biology of aging have brought us closer to that dream than ever before.  Now 23andMe is asking ...

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SNPwatch: A New Genetic Variant Associated with ALS Risk and Age-of-Onset

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a rare and deadly neurological disorder affecting voluntary muscle movement. It typically claims victims' lives about three years after symptoms begin. In the United States,  the condition is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, after the Yankees slugger who died ...

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