Archives for 2012

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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23andAli

At a Las Vegas gala celebrating Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday, we premièred the video "Give Us Your Hand," featuring the boxing legend and his involvement with 23andMe’s Parkinson’s Disease Research Initiative. By Emily Drabant As the Research Manager for the 23andMe Parkinson’s Community, I spend my ...

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Studies of Extreme Longevity Extremely Challenging

By David Hinds, Chuong Do, and Shirley Wu In January we wrote about the challenging search for genetic influences on human longevity, touching on two of the most recent studies as examples of how elusive solid findings have been. Because one of these studies was a new version of a paper that was previously ...

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Did You Know? One in Twelve African Americans has Sickle Cell Trait

Sickle Cell Celebrities A number of famous individuals have suffered from sickle cell anemia including Miles Davis, perhaps the most famous jazz musician to have lived (some consider his platinum-selling album Kind of Blue to be THE jazz album), and Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins, a singer and founder of the ...

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What Does Your Doctor Know About Genetic Testing For Drug Response?

Your doctor, undoubtedly, knows quite a lot.  She went through four grueling years of medical school, passed a rigorous set of board exams, and completed at least one intensive residency in her speciality.   What may surprise you, however, is that she may not know very much about pharmacogenetics, the study ...

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SNPWatch: Genetic Variants Linked to Male Infertility in Asians

Many couples who would like to start a family have difficulty doing so.  This disappointing and frustrating situation is more common than many people realize, affecting approximately one couple out of six worldwide. Given that female infertility issues receive so much attention, it may surprise some to learn ...

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SNPwatch: KIF6 Tangos with LDL Cholesterol and Coronary Heart Disease

LDL is the “bad” cholesterol that clogs arteries and is linked to coronary heart disease. Although people can do a lot to lower LDL levels and prevent heart disease — eating healthy, exercising, and taking certain medications — it’s also likely that genetics influences the relationship between LDL and heart ...

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