The Future Is Now

When he signed up as one of 23andMe’s first customers, Jonathan Zittrain thought that one day personal genetic testing could transform healthcare, he just didn’t imagine it would involve him. Jonathan writes books, teaches at Harvard Law School and is the co-director of the university’s Berkman Center for ...

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Francis Crick and James Watson might not have been able to describe the iconic double helix structure of DNA more than 60 years ago, if it hadn’t been for Rosalind Franklin, who was honored today in a Google Doodle. Franklin, who would have turned 93 today, took an x-ray image that helped Watson and Crick ...

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What Patients Say Works for Fibromyalgia

For the live-updated, fully-labelled, interactive version of this infographic, click here. By Alexandra Carmichael, Co-Founder of CureTogether In a surprising finding, patients who live with the painful disorder fibromyalgia have reported that commonly prescribed drugs for this condition actually make their ...

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The Power of Knowing

Ignorance isn’t always bliss and what you don’t know really can hurt you, or so Jennifer Goldstein has learned. If she hadn’t tested she might never have seen her doctor; never would have asked the right questions; never taken the action she needed to keep herself healthy. “But for the test I’d have ...

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Mito Mightily Disappoints Autism Researchers

By Amick B. Research shows a strong genetic basis for autism, but for years scientists have been unable to pinpoint the specific genetic variants associated with the condition, which may affect as many as one in 88 children in the United States. For some time now researchers have speculated that ...

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A Song Draws Focus on Osteosarcoma Research

By Bertram K. Two days after his death in May, Zach Sobiech’s song “Clouds” became the number one download on iTunes and now has surpassed seven million views on YouTube. In it, Zach sings about his fight with cancer and bids farewell to family and friends. While I feel heavy-hearted listening to ...

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Improving Health With 23andMe

Sometimes when she sees her 5-year-old daughter thriving and making up for lost time, Kristen Whitaker says it makes her feel “almost weepy.” It reminds her that for a long time her daughter wasn’t doing so well. It reminds Kristen that her little girl was for a time falling behind on the growth chart, not ...

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Planning for Wellness With 23andMe

After spending 15 years as a primary care physician, Dr. Mark Costa wanted a better way to practice medicine, one that gave him more time with each of his patients. So the Boston area physician and his wife, Marilyn Chown, a medical researcher and nurse, opened a small medical practice of their own. The ...

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What Patients Say Works Best for Acne

For the live-updated, fully-labelled, interactive version of this graphic, click here. By Alexandra Carmichael, Co-Founder of CureTogether Some of the most effective treatments for acne are not necessarily drugs, according to a new study by CureTogether, a free resource owned by 23andMe that allows people ...

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Sisters Connect with 23andMe

Greta had given up on ever finding her mother. From her adoption papers she had a name, Carolyn Palmer, but decades of searching never got her any closer to finding the woman who gave birth to her, or any other blood relative for that matter. “My missing family history amounted to a million missing ...

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