Allergies And The Hygiene Hypothesis

Bolstering the theory that modern society’s fixation on cleanliness might actually be hurting the development of healthy immune systems in children, a new study published this week in the journal Science suggests that exposure to the kinds of bacteria found in the farmyard may actually protect children from ...

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Mending a Broken Heart

When he was 21, Gary Skillings tried to contact his mother through a nun at the Catholic orphanage from which he was adopted in the 1950s, but she didn’t want to see him. “That was kind of a heartbreaker,” Skilling told the Sun Journal newspaper in Maine. “But I honored her wish.” Although he longed ...

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Chew on This

After reading a recent Slate piece, we thought it might be worth taking one more bite at Misophonia. It’s one of those conditions that you might not know is a condition, even if you have it. Misophonia — from the Greek word meaning hatred of sound — is characterized by feelings of rage triggered by ...

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Haplogroups Explained

By Thomas Le Many 23andMe customers that contact Customer Care are confused by their haplogroup assignments and what they actually mean. But knowing your haplogroup, and how you can use it, can give you much more clarity about your own ancestry. So in the interest of helping you out, I’ll walk through ...

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Lupus and IBD Research Partnerships

Over the last year 23andMe has launched two research initiatives with Pfizer, one to study inflammatory bowel disease and the other to study lupus. We’re pretty optimistic about the work done so far as we continue to recruit patients to participate in these two important research projects, so it’s nice to ...

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A New Model for Discerning Parkinson’s

A team of researchers has developed a simple and non-invasive approach that uses genetic data in combination with other demographic and biomarker information to accurately distinguish those with and without Parkinson’s disease, an illness that is notoriously difficult to detect. In a study published this ...

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23 pairs of Chromosomes, One Unique You.

By Lindsay Grove Whether you ordered 23andMe to learn more about your ancestry, or to participate in research, or to connect with relatives, every 23andMe customer can learn something about what makes them unique. Lindsay Grove Job: Ancestry, accounts and registration specialist on the Customer Care ...

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The Way Way Back

Scott Fisher, the host of the nationally syndicated family history radio show Extreme Genes, spent his last show focused on 23andMe’s ancestry offerings, explaining a little bit about the science of DNA testing for genealogy from our very own population geneticist Kasia Byrc, PhD. Kasia has been pretty ...

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23andMe Hangs out with the Lupus Research Institute

Researchers know that genetics, as well as environmental and hormonal influences, play a role in the development of lupus, but we still have a lot to learn about this as-yet incurable autoimmune disease. This spring, 23andMe and Pfizer launched a study into the genetics of lupus. Working in collaboration ...

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Searching With 23andMe

Several media stories in the last few months have highlighted the potential of 23andMe to help adoptees. One of the more touching pieces highlighted a woman’s 50-year search for the son she’d given up for adoption at 19. She was able to find him using 23andMe, only to lose him again to cancer. Another ...

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