23andMe and a New Paradigm for Research

As highlighted in Thomas Goetz's new Wired article "Sergey's Search," 23andMe's innovative web-based research platform is pushing Parkinson's disease research ahead at an unprecedented pace.  With our database clocking in at 50,000 genotyped customers—a number that grows everyday—we're poised to make exciting ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Contributing to Melanoma Risk has Different Effects on Mole Count Depending on Age

Melanoma is a rare but deadly form of skin cancer. Known risk factors include pale skin, large numbers of moles (also known as nevi), and prolonged sun exposure. Nevus count has a strong genetic component and researchers have already identified some genetic variants that influence the trait. In a new study ...

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Understanding GINA

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, or GINA, is U.S. federal legislation that protects Americans from discrimination (in health insurance and employment decisions) on the basis of genetic information. GINA was signed into law by President George W. Bush on May 21, 2008. The Genetic ...

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Update from 23andMe

We recently determined that a number of new 23andMe customer samples were incorrectly processed by our contracted lab. We want to clarify what happened with the sample errors, how it happened and what we're doing to prevent it from happening again. Providing each and every one of our customers with ...

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SNPwatch: New Genetic Associations Revealed for Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

Nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) arises in the upper part of the throat, behind the nose.  It is rare in most areas of the world—affecting only about 1 in every 100,000 people—but about 25 times more common in southern China, earning it the name "Cantonese Cancer."  NPC rates are also high in southeastern Asia, ...

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Letter from Committee on Energy and Commerce

Today 23andMe received a letter from the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the United States House of Representatives asking that along with Navigenics and Pathway Genomics, we provide information about our genetic testing services. The letter was signed by Congressmen Henry A. Waxman from California, ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variants Associated with Risk of Paget’s Disease of Bone Identified

Aching joints and bones aren't always just a normal part of aging.  For some, they are a symptom of Paget's disease of bone (PDB), a condition that affects more than one million people over the age of 45 in the United States. Bone tissue is constantly being recycled.  As old bone is broken down, new bone ...

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SNPwatch: Two Studies Connect More Immune System Genes to Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a common autoimmune disease in which the individual's own immune system attacks the lining of the joints, causing stiffness and muscle aches. Like other autoimmune diseases, development of rheumatoid arthritis is likely caused by a complex combination of genetic and environmental ...

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SNPwatch: Large Study Identifies Two More Genetic Variants Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease

Understanding Alzheimer's disease, the most common cause of dementia in people 65 years and older, is of the utmost importance as the population of the United States (and many other nations) becomes increasingly older.  Currently more than five million Americans are thought to have the disease, but by the ...

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Genes, Languages and Artifacts Yield Insights Into African Prehistory

The author during her time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya. As a Peace Corps volunteer teaching in Kenya 25 years ago, I was fascinated by the cultural, linguistic, and physical differences among the people of eastern Africa. One of our Kenyan trainers took us to a "boma" where his tall, ...

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