Faces of America on PBS

Faces of America is a four-part series in which Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uses genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans in an effort to understand what made the United States the place it is today. The list of participants includes: Elizabeth ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Involved in Dangerous Blood Transfusion Reaction Identified

There's no doubt that blood saves lives.  According to the Red Cross, in the United States alone about five million people need a total of 14 million pints of blood each year.  That's 38,000 pints every day. But transfusions are not without their dangers.  Among them is transfusion-related acute lung ...

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FDA Updates Label for Commonly Used Blood Thinner to Include Dosing Recommendations Based on Genetics

Warfarin (Coumadin®) is a blood thinner given to people at high risk for the formation of blood clots due to conditions such as deep vein thrombosis, heart valve disease or replacement, and irregular heart beat. The drug is also given to prevent recurrence of pulmonary embolism, heart attack and stroke. If ...

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SNPwatch: More Common Genetic Variants Associated with Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

Cancer of the pancreas, which strikes more than 40,000 men and women in the United States each year, is an especially deadly malignancy.   There is no effective screening test for the disease and it is usually not detected until it has spread throughout the body.  The five-year survival rate is only about ...

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23andMe Parkinson’s Research Initiative Progress Update

By Nick Eriksson, 23andMe Principal Scientist, and Lizzie Dorfman, Parkinson's Research Project Manager Less than a year ago we announced the launch of the 23andMe Parkinson’s Research Initiative. Since then, we have built one of the world's most useful resources for studying the genetics of Parkinson's ...

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SNPwatch: More Progress in the Search for Genetic Variants Linked to Childhood Asthma

Researchers have identified another region of the genome associated with childhood asthma, a condition that affects more than seven million American kids. Analysis of DNA from about 1,700 children with asthma and 3,500 controls, all of European ancestry, identified several genetic variations on chromosome ...

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Large Study Reveals Details of African American Genetic Ancestry

As shown in these ancestry paintings from 23andMe, the proportion of African DNA can vary widely for African Americans. A recent study led by Carlos Bustamante of Cornell and Sarah Tishkoff of the University of Pennsylvania has shown that genetically speaking, African American can mean a lot of different ...

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Genetic Analysis Demonstrates Lack of Ethnic Diversity in Embryonic Stem Cell Lines Most Commonly Used In Research

Using a research method very similar to the one used in 23andMe's Global Similarity advanced view feature, researchers have discovered that most of the embryonic stem cell lines currently studied by researchers are derived from European and Middle Eastern populations.  Only two out of 47 were derived from egg ...

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23andMe Labs

In 2009, we added six tools to 23andMe Labs, our technology sandbox where we showcase experimental features. In case you haven't played around with them yet, here's a brief review: Health Labs Reynolds Risk Score This tool calculates a 10-year risk for heart-attack using information including cholesterol ...

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