Archives for 2013

Getting to Know Your Genome

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who received their health information prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will only have ...

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Our Neanderthal Cousins

There’s much to recommend in Carl Zimmer’s profile of David Reich in Discovery Magazine, not least of which are details on our favorite extinct human cousins, Neanderthals. While Neanderthals are the rock stars of the piece, Zimmer also gives a good primer on human evolution, ancient migration out of ...

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Genetics, Microbes and Celiac Disease

Editor's note: This post has been altered to reflect 23andMe's new product offering. By Amick B. Like other autoimmune diseases, celiac disease has a strong genetic component, but new research shows that environmental factors, including an exposure to a variety of microbes in our water and in dust, may ...

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The Genetics of Mental Illness

Researchers have long believed that genetics put some people at higher risk for mental illness than others, but exactly which genes are involved has remained a mystery. Even very large studies have come up with relatively few insights into the genetics of mental illness. But a study published last week in ...

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One in Ten Lives with a Rare Disease

February 28 is Rare Disease Day — a concept first initiated by the European Rare Disease Organization (EURORDIS) and now recognized around the world. Around 6,800 rare diseases have been identified and up to 80% of them have a genetic origin. 23andMe provides genetic health reports for many of these ...

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23andMe’s Homage to Jeopardy!

Last week we put up a quiz in the spirit of Jeopardy! after host Alex Trebek made use of 23andMe in one of his game clues. The time was up last night to make your entry. So here are the answers to our Homage to Jeopardy! Quiz. Remember you didn’t have to get everything correct to be entered into the ...

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23andMe Reaches Parkinson’s Research Goal

We’re excited to announce that the 23andMe Parkinson’s Research Community has exceeded its goal, enrolling more than 10,000 people with the disease and creating the largest cohort of genotyped people with Parkinson’s in the world. Reaching this milestone offers scientists an incredible opportunity to better ...

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Citizen Scientists Look into Nearsightedness

Editor's note: PloS Genetics just published Amy Kiefer and Nick Eriksson's work. Check out their paper here. Nearsightedness, a condition in which far-away objects look blurry, is a problem of endemic proportions — approximately 30-40 percent of adults in the United States are nearsighted.  And, as computers ...

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SNPwatch: Common Genetic Factors Associated with “Blue Babies”

Image by Mariana Ruiz LadyofHats [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons New research suggests that a once-fatal congenital heart defect — sometimes called “blue baby syndrome” — is influenced by genetic factors that are broadly found in the general population. Different heart malformations lead to poor ...

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Learn to Use 23andMe APIs with Codecademy

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who received their health information prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will only have ...

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