Our Top 10 for 2011

We thought 2010 would be hard to top but we’re happy to say that 2011 has been even better. Scientists uncovered new insights into serious conditions like type 2 diabetes and autoimmune disorders as well as traits like iris patterns. New research has also improved our understanding of the genetics of obesity, ...

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23andMe Meet and Greet Tuesday December 20th

Calling all Bay Area locals! Would you like to get a personal introduction to personal genetics? Meet some of the people behind the company and the product? Stock up on the most unique gift you can give? Now is your chance. Come to Bumble in Los Altos on Tuesday, December 20th to learn more about 23andMe, ...

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Find Your Inner Neanderthal

They had bigger brains and muscles, but for some reason Neanderthals —thick boned humans who thrived for hundreds of thousands of years in Europe and parts of Asia— died out about 30,000 years ago, while we modern humans survived. Why we, Homo sapiens, flourished and our Homo neandertalensis cousins died ...

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Patient-Centered Medicine and PatientsLikeMe

There’s nothing futuristic about personalized medicine, but James Heywood, the chairman and co-founder of PatientsLikeMe, likes to pull a line from a futurist and science fiction writer to describe it. “There’s a William Gibson quote that I think is appropriate,” Heywood said in a recent interview in ...

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SNPwatch: We Care a Lot

Oxytocin is Greek for “swift birth,” but this hormone — which helps induce labor and promote lactation — has garnered many other names in the media, from the “cuddle chemical” to the “morality molecule.” The “pro-social” effects of oxytocin on humans has become the subject of innumerable studies of varied ...

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Just One Week Left to Enter Our Essay Contest!

The 2012 Personalized Medicine World Conference (PMWC) is just around the corner and you could win free admission! There's only one week left to enter the contest. Send us your essay about why you want to go to PMWC by December 15th for a chance to win. Read more about the contest and how to enter here. ...

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A Cancer Fighter Gets Personal

It’s hard to picture a more “personalized” approach to medicine than Dr. Ronald Levy’s. Levy, chief of the oncology division at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, has spent his career finding ways to induce a person’s own immune system to fight cancer, specifically lymphoma. Levy will be speaking ...

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Father Knows Best

My parents aren’t world-class athletes, but in the summer of 2009 they both competed in the Senior Olympics. They were representing their home state of Wyoming, where people — much less senior athletes — are few and far between. It was at the Senior Olympics that my parents first encountered 23andMe. The ...

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Is Autoimmunity a Result of Genetic Adaptation to Pathogens?

Pinworms—small worms that infect the intestines—are the most common worm infection in the United States. Although all people are over 99.9% genetically identical, the small amount of diversity that does exist between individuals tends to track with ethnicity. This is probably pretty obvious—an individual of ...

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Listening to Leroy Hood

When Dr. Leroy Hood talks there’s a reason a lot of people in the fields of medicine, biology and genetics listen. Beyond his pioneering work in developing automated gene sequencing, Hood helped found companies as diverse as Amgen and Applied Biosystems; he is one of only about a dozen people who belong to ...

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