Silver Linings in Rare Disease

Luck is not the word you typically associate with a cancer diagnosis or even a heightened risk of cancer, but some people can see a silver lining even in the darkest storms. Harvey Gould and John Lauerman certainly have. “Some believe that blessings come out of serious adversity,” said Harvey, who was ...

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SNPwatch: The “Jist” on JAK2 and Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) have a complicated name but it’s an apt descriptor for the biology underlying this group of rare blood disorders. MPNs result from excessive production of “myeloid” blood cells that originate in the bone marrow, and come in different forms including essential thrombocythemia ...

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Thank You For Helping to Fight Rare Disease!

On Monday we kicked off a campaign for Rare Disease Day to raise awareness of research, especially into two rare diseases, myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) and sarcoma. We hoped to reach 500 participants in our MPN research initiative and 800 participants in our Sarcoma Community by today, and are happy to ...

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SNPwatch: New Genetic Insight into the Causes of Eczema

Sometimes called the “itch that rashes”, atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is a relatively common condition, affecting up to one in five children and one in 30 adults (many people outgrow it by early adulthood). It can be both physically painful and emotionally difficult to live with since it’s not a disorder ...

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Solving Mysteries via DNA

Finding Your Roots Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is a 10-part series in which the Harvard scholar will delve into the genealogy and genetics of famous Americans. Gates uses history and science, including 23andMe’s ancestry tools, to explore race, family and identify in each episode. With the ...

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Did You Know? It’s Not so Rare to Have a Rare Disease

Today, February 29, is Rare Disease Day — a concept first initiated by the European Rare Disease Organization (EURORDIS) and now recognized around the world. Join the Global Genes Project™ and help unite one million people for rare diseases. The Global Genes Project™ is a campaign that works to ...

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We’ve Come A Long, Long Way Together… But We’re Not There Yet!

February 29th is Rare Disease Day! Fight rare disease by helping us reach 800 participants in our Sarcoma Community and 500 participants in our Myeloproliferative Neoplasms Research Initiative this week. Learn more below. At 23andMe, we believe in fostering individual empowerment and increasing access to ...

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Hope in a Pill: New Treatment for Cystic Fibrosis Approved

The realization of a long-awaited hope arrived this past month for many families in the form of a new treatment for cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is one of the most common recessively inherited diseases, affecting about 30,000 people in the United States. There are at least 500 mutations in a gene ...

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Did You Know? Genetic Research Lags for African Americans

Although there has been a recent boom in DNA research, little is known about the connection between DNA and disease in African Americans. This is because most genetic research studies intentionally limit enrollment to a single population — usually northern Europeans — since the analysis is easier to carry out ...

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Did You Know? Ancestry is Not So Black and White

Data from the 2010 census showed that about 13% of people living in the United States self-identify as African American, but from a genetic point of view, ethnicity isn't so black and white. Most African Americans have genetic ancestry tracing back to both Africa and Europe but the exact proportion can vary ...

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