Archives for 2012

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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Stories on Every Branch of the Family Tree

Every family has its stories. We just don’t know them all. That’s where genealogy comes in. Through census and military records, notes in family bibles, or conversations with older relatives we can recover some of those family histories. But where memories and traditional paper records fail, we now have a new ...

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The Debate Over Clopidogrel Continues

In December a new study created quite a stir in the already-volatile clopidogrel research community. Clopidogrel (trade names Plavix®) is a commonly prescribed anti-clotting drug. It is inactive in the body until a protein encoded by the gene CYP2C19 converts the drug to its active form. Some people are able ...

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Seeking the Secrets of the Super Long-Lived

With analytical contributions from 23andMe Scientist David Hinds For all human history people have been obsessed with their own mortality. Early explorers searched the globe for the mythical “fountain of youth,” and now scientists are turning that exploration inward to look at the genomes of people who’ve ...

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My Heart, My Family, and MYBPC3

By Arnab Chowdry, Senior Scientific Software Engineer at 23andMe Having been young and healthy for the majority of my life, I haven’t had many opportunities to interact with our health care system.  Not too long ago I was a sedentary, slightly-overweight, South Asian man entering my thirties.  I had some ...

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See You at the 2012 Personalized Medicine World Conference!

The 4th annual Personalized Medicine World Conference (PMWC) begins today at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley. 23andMe is excited to be a part of this unique event and we look forward to the engaging discussions that are sure to come out of it. Our Chief Business Officer Ashley Dombkowksi will ...

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New 23andMe Ancestry Ambassadors Group

Today we're announcing the creation of the 23andMe Ancestry Ambassadors group, composed of ancestry enthusiasts in the 23andMe Community. 23andMe customer CeCe Moore and Product Manager Mike Macpherson, PhD will lead the new group. Building the best possible personal genetics service has always been ...

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Health Watch: 78 New and Updated Health Reports in 2011

In 2011, 23andMe added or updated 78 health reports. Many of these reports fall into the “disease risk” category and cover complex conditions like Alzheimer's disease, coronary heart disease, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis), to name a few. We also added new “trait” reports, for instance on the genetics ...

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The Ancestry Link For Atrial Fibrillation Risk

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common heart rhythm disorder that, while not usually life-threatening on its own, can lead to more serious complications such as heart attack and stroke. AF can be caused by underlying heart problems but high blood pressure, being overweight, and having type 2 diabetes also ...

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Before You Are Pregnant…

My sister learned she was a carrier for a recessive disease, Bloom syndrome, late in one of her pregnancies. I remember the panicked call and the weeks of worry as she and her husband awaited his test results; if he was also a carrier, this meant their daughter had a one in four chance of being born with the ...

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