Archives for 2013

A Look At 23andMe’s DNA Revolution

You don’t need an excuse to read the always-interesting magazine Fast Company, but if you did, here it is: This week’s cover story,  “The Most Daring CEO in America,” features 23andMe’s CEO and co-founder Anne Wojcicki. Writer Elizabeth Murphy gets to the core of what 23andMe is trying to accomplish: ...

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A 23andMe Gout Out

It turns out that genetics has a lot to do with whether someone will suffer from gout — the disease once associated with gluttonous indulgence and King Henry VIII. Diet clearly plays a role, but genetics has a big influence on whether a person will develop this painful form of arthritis, which is caused by ...

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What Patients Say Works For Allergies

For the live-updated, fully-labelled, interactive version of this infographic, click here. By Alexandra Carmichael, Co-Founder of CureTogether If you have allergies, you’ve probably tried many approaches to easing the sneezing, swelling, and suffering. You may have even compared your experience to other ...

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Spit And Tell

Editor's note: This post has been changed to reflect 23andMe's newly regulated product offering. Caitlin, a blogger and self-described nerd, titled her ode to 23andMe “Do These Genes Make My Butt Look Big?” When she and her husband Rob gave each other the test kits as a gift, the two were captivated by ...

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A 23andMe Patent

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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It’s Complicated

Virginia Hughes, one of the writers we always try to keep up with, has a thoughtful piece about some of the unintended consequences of uncovering family secrets using DNA testing. As we’ve seen in many of the stories we’ve featured here about customers finding unknown family or uncovering family secrets ...

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Coffee, Tea And 23andMe

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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Tasty Genetics

It’s not a superpower, but the genetics behind being what some call a “supertaster” might make for a pretty good argument against eating your broccoli. Supertasters have the good fortune, or misfortune, of having highly refined taste receptors. And that discerning palate is genetic. “Supertasters live ...

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Pregnancy and MTHFR

Ed Note: Apparently not all genes are created equally. There are a few, like MTHFR, that draw a lot of attention. While there is much interest regarding variants within the MTHFR gene and their associations with different conditions, much of the research done so far on those variants is inconclusive. Below is ...

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What Patients Say Works (And Doesn’t) for Migraines

For the live-updated, fully-labelled, interactive version of this infographic, click here. Eight of the top ten patient-reported treatments for Migraine are simple lifestyle changes, not drugs. CureTogether — a free resource owned by 23andMe that allows people to share information about their health and ...

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