Archives for 2011

Cinco de Me-O

The typical five year-old is pretty confident, filled with energy and imagination. Maybe a little loud. Yesterday, 23andMe turned five. We’re brimming with vigor and vision. Still a little brash. Conceived with the goal of allowing people to explore their genetic information, 23andMe uses new tools ...

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Public Comments Due on Possible FDA Regulation of Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing

From its founding 23andMe has made clear its views that people should have a right to access their own genetic information. And in the debate over regulation of direct to consumer genetic testing, we’ve made our views clear to officials at the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). Have you? May 2nd ...

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Pulitzer Prize for Sequencing Story

Kathleen Gallagher and Mark Johnson are good reporters but it didn’t take a lot to figure out that the tip they got was big news. Doctors, Gallagher heard, had used genetic sequencing to crack the mystery behind an illness slowly robbing a young boy of his life. “The tip that she had was that they had ...

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Call to Participate in a New Study on Social Networking and Personal Genomics

Invitation to Participate in New Research Project -- Social Networking and Personal Genomics: Emerging Issues For Health Research Do you share your information with others? How has your personal genetic information influenced your lifestyle and the way you approach your health and medical decisions? Can ...

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“Coffee, I Must Have Coffee…”

Whether you reach for a Starbuck’s Venti — the “Big Gulp” of coffee servings — or a wee size cup of Joe in the morning, or none at all, might be influenced by your genes. Two recently published studies found an association between coffee and caffeine consumption and SNP variants near the same two genes, ...

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Take a Hike… for Parkinson’s Awareness

It’s easy to talk the talk for disease awareness, but now you can walk the walk -- literally! On April 16th, the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego (PASD) and the Parkinson’s Unity Walk (PUW) will be hosting two different walks on either side of the country. The goals of each walk are the same: to raise ...

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23andMe is Celebrating DNA Day a Little Early With a Sale!

Although DNA Day is officially April 15th, we at 23andMe just couldn’t wait that long. So we’re celebrating early with a big sale! For a limited time, you can order the 23andMe Personal Genome Service® for $0 up front, plus a 12-month subscription commitment at $9/month. This is down from an upfront ...

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Studies Identify Five More Genetic Variants Associated with Alzheimer’s

Results published this week in the journal Nature Genetics identified five more genes associated with risk of developing Alzheimer’s, doubling the total number of genes known to be linked to the devastating disease. The two studies — one led by Paul Hollingworth and Julie Williams in Europe and the other by ...

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DTC Genetic Tests and the Future of Regulation: Make Your Voices Heard

On March 8th, the FDA convened a two-day advisory panel meeting to discuss questions related to direct-to-consumer genetic tests. The questions focused on the benefits and risks of providing consumers with direct access to these tests, potential strategies for communication and education to mitigate any ...

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23andMe Discovers 24th Chromosome, Changes Name to 24andMe

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- April 1, 2011 -- Something just wasn't right. For months, the scientists at the direct-to-consumer genetic testing company puzzled over anomalies in the customer data they were analyzing as part of their ongoing research efforts. None of the usual statistical or methodological ...

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